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".
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.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our work in Ghana. Our Project, Bees for Pollination to Improve Lives in Ghana is helping local families produce more cashews as well as harvests of honey and beeswax.Keeping honey bees on cashew farms not only pollinates the cashew trees, but honey bees help farmers diversify from over-reliance on one crop. In our recent picture, Owusu has produced an impressive harvest of beeswax which he will be able to sell locally. This will give a substantial boost to his household income.
But there are still many families who would like to be part of the project when it has the funds to expand. Take Mary for example, who has three sons. She struggles to maintain her family and has seen how other families benefit from keeping honey bees on their farms. She is anxious to be incorporated into the project and hopes to be able to generate enough extra income so she can send her sons to university or for further training.
Thank you again to all who have supported our Project – your contribution is helping to change lives in Ghana.