Jun 6, 2017

The future looks bright, with bees

Hives can be made locally, ensuring sustainability
Hives can be made locally, ensuring sustainability

Angouch has been taught how to keep bees and make top-bar hives by Bees for Development. Since the training she has not looked back.

“Beekeeping is a really beneficial activity. I have learned how to make my own bee hives. I have also learned how to harvest mature honeycomb only and maintain the quality by not crushing the honeycombs. We can harvest and sell clean honey – this is something that's very rare locally. It means more money for the family.”

Angouch’s future plans are to expand her current apiary, increasing the number of hives and the volume of honey produced. The extra money that she and her husband have been able to generate by selling honey means that they no longer have to rely on credit to purchase their fertiliser – “now, we buy it with cash,” she says, proudly.

Thank you for helping Angouch, and others like her. Your support is making a real difference.

Education and information provides lasting change
Education and information provides lasting change
Honey harvested, income earned
Honey harvested, income earned
Mar 8, 2017

Giving the gift of bees

Bee colonies provided to project beneficiaries
Bee colonies provided to project beneficiaries

Thank you for your help which is enabling us to train young women and men to keep bees in Amhara, Ethiopia. In these images you will see a training course underway. One aspect of the training covers how to multiply bees so the new beekeepers can gradually expand their apiary, another part is about beehive making.  Bees are purchased locally from existing beekeepers and we provide one colony to each of the new beekeepers. The bees are transported in local hives - as seen in the image, and covered in cloth to stop the bees from escaping.

One of the young men on the course said, "I am excited to own my own bees for the first time. I can see that this will be a good business for me. I know that honey fetches high prices".

Beekeeping training underway
Beekeeping training underway
New beehives made after the training, with bees
New beehives made after the training, with bees
Sep 19, 2016

Successful Harvesting of Cashew Nuts in Ghana

One of our hives - overflowing with bees.
One of our hives - overflowing with bees.

Bees for Development recently travelled to Ghana to visit some of the farms included in our Bees for Pollination to Improve Lives in Ghana project. We were there during the cashew nut harvests and wanted to share some photos of the harvesting process - as well as our thriving bees!

Keeping bees on cashew farms increases the yield of cashew nuts – by up to 100%. This can make a huge difference to a family’s standard of living. As you can see from the photo below of an overflowing hive, bees thrive on cashew farms – thus giving farmers honey and hive products such as beeswax to sell – as well as a greater harvest of cashew nuts. Below you can see a picture of one of our hives overflowing with bees!

In the other three photos you can see the process of cashew nut harvesting – from the initial collection of nuts – through the external quality-control evaluation process – to the final packing and loading for export. On each farm included in our project, cashew nut yields have greatly increased and farmers are busily learning new beekeeping skills in preparation for extracting and selling honey and beeswax. These skills will stay with them for life and enables each household to improve their livelihood and viability of their farms.


Thank you again for your continuing support in Ghana. Your ongoing contributions make a real difference to daily life for families and whole communities. We look forward to being able to help more families as time goes on.

Checking over a recent cashew harvest.
Checking over a recent cashew harvest.
External quality-control of cashew nuts.
External quality-control of cashew nuts.
Packed and ready for export.
Packed and ready for export.
 
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