Beekeeper, Chrispin Daka

Chrispin Daka owns a farm near Msekera research centre. He keeps few livestock and grows field crops for commercial purposes. He is expanding his honey business. He invested in a borehole and shares the water with his community for free. The business pays for maintenance.
Below is a video taken when Jacana started to work with Chrispin.
Expert Frank Leenen

Frank graduated as a tropical agronomist in Deventer, the Netherlands and has gained broad experience in various Latin American and African countries. Frank is proficient at assessing and describing opportunities in the area of rural development based on sustainable agricultural systems. Bee keeping for the production of honey, other hive products and pollination services, is his specific expertise.

We stopped adding monitoring data after October 2019 for Chrispin Daka but he is still using the skills he learned from Jacana.

October 2019

A meeting of 11 beekeepers was held at Jacana office. Crispin is one of the. The group decided to start a co-operative. The group agreed on the name Eastern Manual Beekepers Co-operative. The goal of this co-operative is to create a space where they can press the honey in a hygienic way and where they can keep the wax for selling later. The group can support each other in marketing their product.

April 2019

Frank Leenen from PUM Netherlands came for the second time to train the group of beekeepers. Crispin attended the second day where Frank explained about how to harvestthe honey and wax and Jacana educated them on the business component. Crispin during training

Frank went to the farm of Crispin to see what challenges the beekeepers still have and teach them how to harvest the honey.

Field practice

October 2018

On the Saturday 6 October the third beekeepers meeting was held. Krispin, Mary Phiri, Bandson Tembo and Bridget Mulenga attended the meeting.  Together they talked about their successes, challenges and way forward. A good thing is that they all tried to harvest the honey by themselves. It is not an easy work with the aggressive African bee, but they managed. Some of the challenges:

  • They do not have proper working suits.
  • Some of them do not have a press to press the honey. It is very time consuming harvesting without a press.
  • There was not enough honey for the customers they have at this moment.
  • It is difficult for them to make a floral calendar.

The group sees more potential when they start working together. One is a good beekeeper, another one is a good sales person and another can make hives or press machine. Agreed is that Bridget and Dinie from Jacana will prepare next time meeting and discuss what the possibilities are to form a business group. This meeting will be end November or beginning December.

June 2018

Half June until end of June is harvesting time of honey in Eastern Province. The group of five people decided to meet each other at Mr. Daka’s house to harvest one of his hives. Mr. Daka together with an experienced beekeeper harvested one hive.


Job done

May 2018

As agreed in the training with Frank Leenen, the participants meet once per 2 months. On the first of May four of the five participants met at Mr. Bandsons Tembo place to discuss about the progress made and see the bee business of Mr. Tembo. During the meeting the participants were sharing their experiences and challenges with each other and discussed about a flora calendar.

Mr Krispin Daka, beekeeper

First meeting with the beekeepers

Next time they will meet at Mr. Krispin Daka’s place and together they will practice how to harvest honey. They will use protective clothes and the smoker. Mr. Bandson will teach how to harvest.

March 2017

Unfortunately Mr. Chrispin could not attend the training given by Frank Leenen, PUM Bee-expert. That is why one of the participants updated him on the content of the training. Together they went through the power point presentation from Frank and practiced how to use the smoker and the bee-suits.


Mr. Chrispin learns about bees

bee keeping

Trying the bee-suit



Mr. Chrispin is one of the five beekeepers in Chipata, Jacana is guiding. Jacana arranged a PUM expert from the Netherlands to train and guide these five entrepreneurs in expanding their beekeeping activities. First of all Frank from the Netherlands visited Mr. Chrispin’s farm to see how he is managing the beehives. Mr. Chrispin has 5 beehives and he wants to know more about beekeeping.

Chrispin Daka

Frank is inspecting Chrispins beehives.

 February 2018

Mr. Chrispin, Mr. Bandson and Mr. Benedicto had a skype meeting with Frank Leenen. Frank is a bee-expert from the Netherlands. Frank comes in March and he likes to know the bee-keepers from Chipata before he arrives in Zambia. The three bee-keepers (2 were not present) told about there beekeeping businesses and the challenges they face.

Beekeepers skype meeting

skype meeting with Frank Leenen

 December 2017

Michael SokoEdward Tembo and Moses Banda drilled a borehole at beekeeper Chrispin Daka. The first attempt failed, but the team did not give up and the second attempt was successful. They even made a ground water recharge system next to the borehole. The pump was made by welder George Chulu.

Crispin Daka helping the drillers

Crispin Daka  helping the drillers


Pump at Chrispin Daka

Pump at Chrispin Daka


Water recharche at Crispin Daka

Water recharche at Crispin Daka

Mr Daka is a retired air force officer, married anda father of 8 children. He owns a farm of approximately 50 acres, grows field crops and runs a small piggery. His major plan is to expand his honey business if water is provided.

Having more honey beehives doesn’t cost much compared to having a borehole. In this business water is critical because live stock and bees require water. For that reason, he is very happy with his pump.

Chispin Daka and his wife

Chispin Daka and his wife

Crispin focussed in the business training on expanding in the honey business.

Chispin Daka in training

Chispin Daka in training

the borehole with pump was donated by:

This is part of a bigger project, sponsored by Aqua for All.


Jacana supported Mr. Crispin Daka with a partly sponsored borehole and bee-expertise

So he can:

  • Expand his honey business.
  • Manage his financial books proficiently.
  • Provide education for his children.

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