Kenneth, Lydia, Augustine, Samuel and Kwasi are the five trainee Master Beekeepers we are working with in Ghana. As well as developing their own beekeeping skills and establishing their own apiaries, they are also working with local cashew growers, training the growers to integrate bees into their cashew orchards.
Samuel has learnt a lot already, "To me beekeeping is a business and we have to always consider the costs as well as the income we get. What I have noticed is that local farmers see that bee hives are expensive. In my area we are now trying to make cheaper hives using raffia palm and coconut logs".
Lydia has been talking to local cashew growers about the pollination benefits of bees, "Farmers are excited to hear that bees can increase cashew yields. Not everyone knows this and it is important that we teach about pollination".
Our five trainee Master Beekeepers and the whole team at Bees for Development say thank you for your support.
Five young, enterprising and ambitious beekeepers joined our Master Beekeeper Training Programme in July 2018. They are just starting out on a really exciting path in life - to become full-time beekeepers and beekeeper trainers in Ghana. Each student Master Beekeeper was given 10 swarm boxes by Bees for Development Ghana and they have been placing them in trees around their farms. Now the swarming season has started and the swarm boxes are filling up fast. This is one of the most amazing things about bees - they are free. And yet they are so incredibly valuable - pollinating cashews and collecting honey - literally putting money straight in the pocket of some of the poorest families in Africa.
We extend our sincere thanks for supporting this work. Together we are reducing poverty, with the help of bees.