Youth Speaker entry #73: Yusuf Adeniyi Adeyemo (Nigeria)

“APIFORESTRY as a Sustainable Investment Project for People & Future”?: What necessitates this initiative?

As vegetation is being cleared for agriculture and other purposes, the conventional forests are gradually replaced by integrating trees into agricultural landscapes. Similarly, apiculture is emerging as a promising non-farm activity with great potential for economic advancement of resource poor rural dwellers.

However, bee keeping in Africa depends more on agricultural and natural vegetation. But agricultural landscape that serves as immediate source of raw-materials for bee is under threat as a result of various agro-chemicals uses and the alternative natural vegetation is declining as most bee forage plant species have become preferred tree for charcoal, chain saw logging, fire wood etc. The decline in biodiversity of natural vegetation couple with effect of climate change might lead to loss of more vegetation and wild populations of honeybees that only remain in Africa as well as aggravating unavailability of food and apicultural products.

yusufOn the other hand, the concepts of sustainability emphasize wise and prudent use of the forest resources for today and future generation. But the perception is unattractive and worthless to the resource poor farmers especially in Africa whose livelihoods rest on the forest resources. This statement established that there might be conflict of interest between economic and environmental interest. Therefore, the sustainability of investing in any successful project will requires a win-win strategy that will bridge the gap between the economic needs of people and wise conservation of the environment.

It is on this background that Apiforestry initiative rise, with aims of integrating forestry, apiculture and any other smart agricultural activity as a new emerging and modified system of agroforestry and sustainable forest management. To promote the initiative as a project worth investing, a model for establishment and implementation plan for the adoption was developed, using diagnosis and design methodology of agroforestry.

In conclusion: “Apiforestry” as new innovation will further affirm that apiculture, forestry and agriculture may provide answers to a combination of needs for people-ecological land balance, bee-plant relationship, and protection against forest resources. Thereby help in restoration of plant biodiversity within and around the apiary for bees’ productivity, thus enhancing pollination services in agro-ecosystems that will promote food security, economic growth and conservation of African bees and trees that are going into extinction.

No doubt that “Apiforestry” will promote sustainable future and open more room for innovative researches and discussions.

Text, photo and video are submitted by Yusuf Adeniyi Adeyemo (Nigeria) – adeniyiorganic(at)gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.


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215 thoughts on “Youth Speaker entry #73: Yusuf Adeniyi Adeyemo (Nigeria)

  1. I wish to express my appreciation to everybody (from Idowu to Mayowa as at 10:03pm Nigeria time today 30 June 2015 ) that supported Youth Speaker Entry #73 on “Apiforestry as sustainable investment for people and future” (either by view/comment/ like as well as sharing the link with other on social media networks), thank so much for your believes and suggestions, every comment made was noted for further sustainable development of my project. I wish to thank all youth that participated in Youth Speaker for WFC from Victor Moinina#1 to Daniel Omondi #84. We are born to be great. Also, thank so much to WFC organizing committee, youth coordinator, Peter and Admin for job well done. In conclusion, I want to suggest that all projects posted on the blog should be turned into PDF and translated to all official language of the congress. Because all idea presented can aids individual or group project currently or in the future. Hope to see everybody at the congress. My parting word is that “Forest resources are more than gold hence they require urgent strategy to sustain them for people and future”.

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  2. I wish to express my appreciation to everybody (from Idowu to Mayowa as at 10:03pm Nigeria time today 30 June 2015 ) that supported Youth Speaker Entry #73 on “Apiforestry as sustainable investment for people and future” (either by view/comment/ liking as well as sharing the link with other on social media networks), thank so much for your believes and suggestions, every comment made was noted for further sustainable development of my project. I wish to thank all youth that participated in Youth Speaker for WFC from Victor Moinina#1 to Daniel Omondi #84. We are born to be great. Also, thank so much to WFC organizing committee, youth coordinator, Peter and Admin for job well done. In conclusion, I want to suggest that all projects posted on the blog should be turned into PDF and translated to all official language of the congress. Because all idea presented can aids individual or group project currently or in the future. Hope to see everybody at the congress. My parting word is that “Forest resources are more than gold hence they require urgent strategy to sustain them for people and future”.

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  3. No doubt APIFORESTRY as a new innovations into nigeria system of Agricultural farming will bring success

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  4. The first day I received your lecture,something dropped in mind that you are goig places. Good write up and I wish you the very best

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  5. The first day I received your lecture,something dropped in mind that you are going places. Good write up,wish you the very best

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  6. I really appreciate the write up. A lot of crime have been done to our environment in the name of industrialization and urbanization. The author selection will be a good omen for Nigeria and Africa in general. It is going to boost apiary farming and hope for restoring our ecosystem.

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  7. this is a very good write up,it will the youth to have broad knowledge on the establishment of apiary bussiness and to increase their daily income.. Please i will like to consult you for further learning. Inbox me your mobile number. Mine is 07039575455.

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  8. @tayo, thank for reechoed, together we shall make our world sustainable for today and future generation.

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  9. @adeaga, It is possible, all what we need is to try out the development plan and model. Because we cannot tell people to stop deforestation without provide alternative means of earning income. Send ur mail address to adeniyiorganic@gmail.com for how to implement the project. Thank for ur comment.

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  10. I’m so impressed with this conclusion, “Apiforestry” as new innovation willfurther affirm that apiculture, forestry andagriculture may provide answers to a combinationof needs for people-ecological land balance, bee-plant relationship, and protection against forestresources. Thereby help in restoration of plant
    biodiversity within and around the apiary for bees’
    productivity, thus enhancing pollination services in
    agro-ecosystems that will promote food security,
    economic growth and conservation of African
    bees and trees that are going into extinction.
    No doubt that “Apiforestry” will promote
    sustainable future and open more room for
    innovative researches and discussions”.

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  11. Yes it’s important to fashion out ways of curtailing indiscriminate deforestation, seeing the associated hazard that accompanys it. Yah it shall be a success to this generation only if that is possible. Thank you Mr Adeyemo for this thourtfull innovation keep it up.

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  12. There is truly no doubt about apiforestry providing sustainable living for the youth… Kudos to the speaker for the well developed concept

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  13. @tijani Kehinde Oyeniyi..,pertaining to ur question that more light should be shed on what is meant by APIFORESTRY………..,Apiforestry is coined from two terms (1) Apiculture which is derived from honeybees Latin name Apis mellifera meaning “honey gatherer” Apiculture refers to the art and science of rearing of honeybee for pollination,honey production and other apicultural product. The vital role all bees play in the pollination of crops and flowering plant has caused apiculture to also include the management and study of non_Apis bee such as bumblebees and leafcutter bees. (2) Forestry forestry is the science and craft of creating,managing,using,conserving and repairing forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner,to meet the desired goals,needs and values for human benefit.Forestry is practised in plantations and natural stands. There4,Apiforestry simply means the science and art of management of forestry as well as rearing/gathering of honeybee for pollination,honey production and as well as other apicultural products. I hail you my BOSS,AdeniyiOrganic The Man Of Integrity.

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    • Thank for ur wonderful contribution. Apiforestry is system of integrating apiculture, forestry and agriculture to bridge gap of economic and environment interest of sustainability for people and future. @Tijani Kehinde to know more about the merit and all what u asked sir, kindly send your email to adeniyiorganic@gmail.com. Thank so much for your comment.

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    • Thank so much, but note, Apiforestry is trying to integrate beekeeping, forestry, and agriculture. It is a remodified approach for agroforestry and forest resources mgt. Apiculture is derived from Latin Api (s) = bee and culture = art or practice. Apis mellifera is a species of bees common in Europe and Africa. I replied Mr Tijani Kehinde. Thank once again for ur contributions.

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