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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