Jun 13, 2016

Harvesting Honey and Cashews in Ghana

Checking over a recent cashew harvest
Checking over a recent cashew harvest

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.

Osuwu with his recent harvest of beeswax
Osuwu with his recent harvest of beeswax
Mary with two of her three sons
Mary with two of her three sons
Mar 29, 2016

A Fantastic Start to Our Work in Ghana

Harvesting cashews.Bee pollination improves yields
Harvesting cashews.Bee pollination improves yields

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to this project - with your help we are using bees to change lives in Ghana. We are still in the early stages of implementing the project but already our work has created immense interest amongst school children.

Two schools which we are working with - Agomeda and Kranka primary schools - have established school beekeeping clubs called Buzz Clubs.

It’s simple: Children learn to keep bees in primary schools and honey sales fund their secondary school education. Children are guaranteed an education to age 16 AND they also acquire beekeeping skills for life. So far 24 children in 2 different schools are taking part in the project. In each school two teachers will become 'Buzz Club Coordinators' and they will also be assisted to established their own hives alongside those of the school club - so they can benefit too. This is important to maintain their commitment. 

"Bees are so important for pollinating mango and cashew. I am so excited by this project - it will help my crop yields and help young people in the community too"

Kwaw, farmer near Agomeda school

Buzz Club Ghana: the next generation of beekeepers
Buzz Club Ghana: the next generation of beekeepers
Jan 4, 2016

You made a difference - thank you

Temesgen (holding the comb) showing his honey comb
Temesgen (holding the comb) showing his honey comb

You helped us achieve and exceed our target of raising US$12,000 for People and Bees in Ethiopia in 2015 - thank you for caring.

We aimed to help 50 families and we achieved that - we trained 55 young men and women in Bahir Dar and Dera and 17 of the poorest families in Dera. The skills they have gained will last for a lifetime - giving themselves and their families a more hopeful future. We will continue to work with these new beekeepers in 2016, our focus will be on marketing - helping make links with buyers and negotiate a fair price. Please look out for a new project on GlobalGiving.

Mengistu (pictured on the left of Temesgen below) is a Development Agent and he provides regular technical follow-on support to beekeepers in his district. We know he has the skills to manage bees sustainably because he has started his own apiary too as a result of the work of Bees for Development.

In addition to our on-going work in Ethiopia -   we are starting an exciting new project in Ghana in 2016 - also through GlobalGiving. Our work in Ghana concerns introducing bees into cashew orchards giving poor farmers increased income from larger cashew yields - because of pollination - and money from honey too! 

Thank you for making a difference.

Newly made hives in Wonjeta - with bees and honey
Newly made hives in Wonjeta - with bees and honey
Tadfie - she uses the income from bees for seeds
Tadfie - she uses the income from bees for seeds

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