Wild bees: at risk of extinction.

Country
Guinea-Bissau, northern and eastern regions

Beneficiaries
259 bee-keepers, indirectly, 1,813 members of the local communities.

Budget
FCFA 68,700,229  (USD 112.439)

Estimated duration
(2 years) April 2024 – April 2026

 

Extension of village and community bee-keeping and the optimised production of honey and honey by-products.

The consumption of honey and honey by-products in the rural communities of Guinea-Bissau is an integral part of the food culture and socio-cultural, medicinal and spiritual practices.

Honey is one of the main sources of income for bee-keepers using traditional methods, and in the rural areas covered by the Kafo Federation activities there is huge potential for the development of bee-keeping.

However, in most cases, bee-keepers are actually honey “hunters”, who “plunder” honey from wild bee colonies and have no qualms about chopping down trees and destroying entire colonies of bees and wild animals to collect the honey.           

These practices cause frequent and uncontrollable forest fires, which threaten the peaceful existence of the village communities and their painstakingly acquired assets.

Faced with this often-dramatic problem, 259 traditional bee-keepers from 37 villages (29% of whom are women) joined together in the Association to promote sustainable bee-keeping (APAD), asking the Kafo Federation for support in gradually eradicating honey “hunting” from wild bee colonies, through the vulgarisation and development of traditional bee-keeping techniques and the adoption of community hives (Kenyan and Langstroth) most suited to sustainable honey production.

The project also includes the correct management of African and Africanized bees, the dissemination of knowledge of different types of honey, the inventory of melliferous plant species and, finally, the optimisation of production capacities and the enhancement of honey and honey by-products by the Association’s traditional bee-keepers.

Expected results

  • 259 bee-keepers trained and organised into bee-keeping development units help to eradicate honey “hunting” and the related impact on the forest and on wildlife, particularly the decimation of wild bee colonies;  
  • Sustainable bee-keeping practices in 37 pilot villages have improved the conditions in which 1,813 people can consume their own honey and its by-products, helping to preserve the socio-cultural and spiritual traditions associated with honey;
  • 259 traditional bee-keepers have learned techniques relating to permanent hive stocks, bee colony management and monitoring and maintenance of the Kenyan and Langstroth community hives;
  • The introduction of 370 community hives has helped increase local honey production by 45%, also improving bee-keepers’ knowledge of the most appropriate technologies for optimising the production of honey and honey by-products;
  • The distribution of 260 illustrated practical guides on sustainable bee-keeping and the artisanal use of honey and honey by-products have strengthened the technical, organisational and planning skills of the bee-keepers.

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