SUPPORTING RURAL COMMUNITIES
Beekeeping tends to be perceived as ‘a hobby’, or as ‘a sideline activity’. Rather than just a ‘hobby’, beekeeping may be seen as an important occupation and part of rural life worldwide. In rural communities where access to income is limited, small-scale beekeeping can contribute significantly to livelihood security. We have impacted thousands of farmers, aggregating our honey from over 245 smallholder farmers in Tanzania.
INTEGRATION INTO FARMING SYSTEM
Bees complement crops with their pollination of farmed crops and this in turn can increase crop yields. Some crops, for example that benefit from pollination services are sisal, cashew, papaya, coconut, oil palm, citrus, sunflowers and clover. Some of these also provide to be good nectar sources for bees. Improving the productivity of the honey value chain helps communities to graduate from food insecurity.
Bee products provide for improved nutrition and consequently better health for farm families and others in local communities. Honey is a useful source of high-carbohydrate food, and commonly contains a rich diversity of minerals, vitamins and others, adding nutritional variety to human diets. Pollen also contributes to nutrition; however pollen that is consumed needs to derive from different plant sources to provide various nutrients to humans.
Bees provide numerous benefits to the natural environment and have a critical role in its sustainability. Their role is not readily recognized, even though bees are needed for the pollination of many cultivated crops and for maintaining biodiversity. Usually a honeybee can visit between 50 to1 000 flowers in one trip, which takes between 30 minutes to 4 hours. In Europe, a bee can make between 7 to 14 trips a day. A colony with 25 000 forager bees, each making 10 trips a day, is able to pollinate 250 million flowers.
Buy our SWAHILI HONEY, the pure and fresh honey from our smallholder farmers, we also have modern beekeeping equipment to maximize your honey output.