Beekeeping has been carried out across many generations in Rwanda (GATARE). It plays a critical role in the livelihoods of the rural communities in three native dynamics; one, it is an income generating activity; two, medicinal value of honey and other hive products is invaluable; three, it contributes immensely to forests conservation efforts .The activity has basically been traditional and of subsistence in nature, where honey was used as a food product for home, medicine and for brewing traditional liquor. As such the sub-sector remains largely underdeveloped.
However, CCNDA needs this trend to be changed and community members must increasingly take up beekeeping as a business enterprise. This is towards increasing honey production for greater incomes and better livelihoods.