Answers to your questions
Initially the phones you donate will be used to deliver training and educate bee keepers to achieve the Africa Apiculture Vocational Qualification (AAVQ). This includes keeping Apiary records, monitoring pesticide use, managing the collection of Swarms and most importantly the creating the real time regional big data, on which strategies to develop the industry are based.
The main challenge to rural industries is getting quality products to market and ApiTrace will include locally based honey processing plants where AAVQ bee keepers can sell their honey at a guaranteed price.
This honey is then transported in bulk to wholesalers where it is tested and can be available for export in a matter of days. Using the system honey can be traced right back to the individual hive that produced it.
The first stage to develop a quality food producing system is to stop poor quality products entering the system in the first place and then getting that product to market as quickly as possible.
Only honey from bee keepers who have the AAVQ will be accepted BUT they will be paid, on delivery, through their smart phone.
Developing apiculture in these communities can effectively reduce poverty, address gender inequality issues, create a trained work force and provide sustainable incomes for communities whilst supporting environmental concerns.
There are also opportunities to manage niche species like the native stingless bee which produces powerful medicinal honeys similar to Manuka from New Zealand, but it is under threat from invasive species that occupy its environmental space.
2. If you are an individual, please also either email us at email@example.com with your name and                 address and we will provide you with a jiffy bag and a returns label,
3. Or drop your phone off at one of our boxes or put it in the post to our address: Bee.Watch, Mill Brook House,     Caps Lane, Cholsey, OX10 9HF