Honey a Sweetener For African Economies, Naturally
Africa's honey sector continues to thrive, with Ethiopia and Tanzania taking first and second place respectively in producing most of the continent's honey.
Besides being a culinary delicacy, it remains a highly consumed commodity in Africa and worldwide because of its medicinal benefits, antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power.
Honey is even seen as a peacemaker - bringing peace and cooperation in communities, such as the Twa and Bantu in DR Congo, who are moving forward through programmes run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) that teach a more efficient way of maintaining beehives, by using box hives.
Honey has also seen new markets open for the rural women of Angola, who are producing the liquid gold through sustainable projects run by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Honey production has also spread in Mauritius, where the government has said local honey production has increased from 27 tons in 2020 to 30 tons in 2021 and 2022 and has found a new niche market in the wake of increased awareness on the importance of bio food.
So cheers to honey and its growth in Africa!
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Daily News, 27 July 2023
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Empowering Women Through Honey
Africa Renewal, 25 May 2023
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Leveraging Apiculture As a Sustainable Economic Activity in Mauritius
Government of Mauritius, 10 January 2023
Apiculture involves the raising and care of bees for commercial or agricultural purposes. Honey production is being leveraged as a sustainable economic activity in the country for… Read more »
Farmers Improve Livelihoods Through Enhancement of Bee Farming
Nyasa Times, 24 October 2022
Rodah Chirwa, from Group Village Head Chipwayira in Traditional Authority Timbiri in Nkhata Bay District, makes at least MK388,000 each time she harvests and sells her honey. Read more »
Why It's Crucial to Safeguard the Ancient Practice of Finding Wild Honey With Birds
The Conversation Africa, 15 June 2022
In parts of Africa, a small bird called the Greater Honeyguide (Indicator indicator) helps people search for honey. It approaches people and chatters and flies in the direction of… Read more »
Yes, More Than 7 Bee Species Are Endangered, but Extinction Wouldn't Mean an End to Strawberries, Avocados or Coffee
Africa Check, 14 June 2022
A graphic circulating on social media claims that seven species of bee are "on the endangered species list". It adds that if all bees disappeared, strawberries, avocados, and… Read more »
Bees Sweeten Relationships Between the Twa and Bantu Communities in Eastern DRC
RFI, 5 October 2021
On the outskirts of Kabalo, a small town in Tanganyika province, Democratic Republic of Congo, the brush is buzzing with the sound of bees. Honey is a diet staple of both the Twa… Read more »
Honey bees are useful not only to humans but to other "free riders" attracted to their stored resources. The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) is one of the spec Read more »
In Er-rich, nestled in the Atlas Mountains, women and men settle into a packed room as an FAO beekeeping training gets underway. Their whispers and laughter blend together in an ... Read more »