Improving beekeeping skills, increasing productivity, and introducing ecological beekeeping: this is how Caucapia e.V. wants to improve living conditions in a region of particular cultural value and natural beauty in southern Georgia: the Mashavera Valley. The region today is home to Georgians, Armenians and Azerbaijani people.
Honey is a good of high value and tradition in Georgia. Beekeeping is widely spread all over the country. It was here where ceramic jars containing the world’s oldest honey — about 5,500 years old — were discovered in excavations.
Today, large parts of the Georgian population, particularly in the rural areas, suffer from poverty and unemployment. While the unofficial unemployment rate is 30 to 50% and the average per capita income is below $300 a month, most people depend on their own agriculture, such as beekeeping.
The aim of our Berlin based initiative is to provide help to the beekeepers to help themselves – by founding a cooperative, providing trainings as well as modern equipment and finally setting up a centre for apiary. By these measures we want to increase income of the rural population, improve productivity and quality of the honey and create sustainable prospects for people here.
The Mashavera valley, located about 65 km south of the capital Tbilisi and along the old silk road, is a region with extraordinary cultural value. Remnants of the very first species of modern man in Europe were discovered here. These finds document that modern man populated the world far earlier than previously thought. Numerous archaeological sites – from the Bronze to the Middle Ages – point to early settlement there. Economically the valley is determinated by a 5.000 year old copper mining tradition. In 2004 the oldest gold mine of the world was found here.