Caucapia e.V. wants to support beekeepers in Georgia in training their skills and increasing their knowledge. Most importantly, beekeeping is widely spread all over the country. It was here in Georgia where the world’s oldest honey was found in ceramic jars, too. It is estimated to be 5.500 years old.
Today, large parts of the population suffer from poverty and unemployment. While the unofficial unemployment rate is up to 50% in rural areas, the average per capita income is around $350 a month. Most people depend on their own agriculture, such as beekeeping for instance.
As honey is a good of high value and tradition in the Caucasus, we believe that teaching modern, sustainable methods in beekeeping will lead to higher productivity and export quality.
Therefore the aim of our initiative is to contribute to the fight against poverty in compliance with the UN sustainable development goals by providing theoretical methods as well as practical trainings on location with experienced trainers.
In the second phase of our project we want to focus on a region of extraordinary environmental and cultural value, the Mashavera valley.
The area, located 65 km south of Tbilisi along the old silk road, offers a huge number of cultural treasures such as the oldest remnants of modern man ever discovered in Europe. Numerous archaeological sites point to an early settlement in the Mashavera Valley, dating back from the Bronze to the Middle Ages.