Nov 12, 2018

Master Beekeepers help cashew farmers in Ghana

Trainee Master Beekeepers attend review meeting
Trainee Master Beekeepers attend review meeting

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. 

Checking if honey is ready for harvest
Checking if honey is ready for harvest
Aug 7, 2018

Its the swarming season and bees are arriving

Kenneth in Nkoranza collecting his hives
Kenneth in Nkoranza collecting his hives

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. 

Trainee Master Beekeeper Lydia in cashew orchard
Trainee Master Beekeeper Lydia in cashew orchard
Hive sited in July occupied by bees in August!
Hive sited in July occupied by bees in August!
Swarm box ideally sited to attract a bee colony
Swarm box ideally sited to attract a bee colony
Dec 27, 2017

In Ethiopia, Christmas is on January 7th

Siranesh
Siranesh
Did you know that Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on 7 January each year? And that in Ethiopia the current year is 2010? This makes no difference to bees of course. This year our partners have been working in Ligaba, Dangila, helping young women and men start beekeeping. Bees work hard. They collect nectar, and deliver it to beekeepers - who then exchange it for money. This money is used to buy food, seeds, clothes and school books. Siranesh is one of the young women we have helped. She keeps her bees near her home and looks at them every day. With bees she feels more hopeful of her future. "Life has always been hard for my mother. She has no money of her own. With bees, I see my life will be different". Thank you for helping Siranesh, and others like her, start out on a life full of opportunity and hope, because of bees.
 
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