Bees and other pollinators are in decline due to deforestation, pesticide use, land use change and the climate crisis.
This also occurs in northern Peru, in the mountain of the settlement El Higuerón, in the rural community of San Francisco de Asís, district of Salas, Lambayeque; deforestation is the leading cause.
So, in 2017, I founded Sumak Kawsay. This environmental venture promotes the conservation of native bees and other pollinators, thus restoring ecosystems.
Sumak Kawsay focuses on producing honey from native stingless bees, which has considerable medicinal properties, and honey from the honeybee Apis mellifera. Both are produced in the mountains following agroecological practices. With this project, we also offer agrotourism through the “Honey Route,” with which we also promote gender equity. Women generate income thanks to this tourist route and in this way they can improve their quality of life.
The income we earn from honey production and agritourism helps fund the mountain ecosystem restoration project: reforestation with native plants, the conservation of three native bee species and research for conservation purposes.
Thanks to the work of the Sumak Kawsay team and other collaborators, such as Earth Prayers, more than 1,000 trees have been planted, and we continue our research. We hope to secure more funding to expand and accelerate our impact, working together with the community and using their resources sustainably. Green pollination is our goal!