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Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición • Foro FSN

Re: Bee products: providing nutrition and generating income - Honeybees, beekeeping and bee products in our daily lives

Solomon Akamiti
Solomon AkamitiUniversity of Ghana, Department of Agric Economics and AgribusinessGhana

In Ghana, honey is used for several purposes ranging from medicinal to dietary purposes. Honey is sometimes used for the treatment of cough, extreme cold and some other throat infections. It is mostly mixed with some indigenous herbs for the treatment of some ailments. In some areas honey is used for the production of soups and creams that are known for treating skin diseases.  Some people also use the pure honey to treat scares on their skins. There is a great demand for honey in Ghana for both domestic and industrial purposes. For the other products like pollen and propolis, there is little or no domestic market for them in Ghana

Honey is not too expensive in Ghana. The main challenge is with the standard of production and the authenticity of the product, these concerns arising from the increase in the level of adulterated honey in the market.

Beekeeping has great prospects in promoting food nutrition and alleviating poverty in developing countries. But the sector is still faced with the challenge of unstable bee colonies due to diseases and pests that affect the colonies. There is therefore a need for extensive research into how these challenges can be properly controlled to increase production, sustainability and profitability of apiculture in Ghana.

 There is a progressive increase in the number for farmers who are interested in producing honey and its related products in Ghana. But most farmers lack the technical now-how and the appropriate technology on how to produce honey effectively and efficiently. There is therefore a need for extensive research into how these challenges can be properly controlled to increase the production, sustainability and profitability of apiculture in Ghana.