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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

Dejakes Osida
Dejakes OsidaKenya

1.            Dietary

  • Honey eaten with bread, eaten with ugali for wine, used direct in black tea instead of sugar
  • Honey mixed with herbs such as moringa for medicinal use

2.            Affordability

  • Long rains harvests-April to June- harvest about 10 tonnes
  • November to December short rains we harvest between 6 to 7 tones

3.            Brighter future

Many entrepreneurs are now investing in modern beehive including my innovation of hybrid beehive technology

4.            Poverty

Economically bees product fetche good amount of money and has proved to be one of the sources of income in my community hence it is a poverty alleviator

5.            Food security

Due to climate change the project is one of the best since it mitigates climate change, in the absence of other crops such as cerials we do take honey directly thus controls starvation

6.            Sustainability

Diseases-control of transfer of combs from one hive to another, innovative measures in frequent inspection to make sure any infected combs are destroyed, to ensure safety feeding methods with supply of clean soft drinking water

7.            Pests control

We do green house horticulture technology, use innovative organic pest control, we sensitize farmers to spray late in the evening after bees have gone to sleep

8.            Habitat management

Agro-forestry is practiced with water and environmental friendly vegetation in the open field

9.            Colony

Periodical checkup to make sure that colonies never separate

10.          Climate change

  • Farming oil crops (sunflower, simsim) intercropped in every farm so that we double benefit in both
  • Mitigation feeding the bees naturally in times of severe drought and irrigation methods applied in our farms