Honey and Beeswax Trade

Afram Plains

Forests, farms and grasslands across Afram Plains up to the shores of lake Volta offer some of the best habitat for honeybees in Ghana. Beekeepers here crop honeycomb twice a year, at the very beginning and end of the dry season. We process and sell their honey and beeswax from our Trade Centre in Donkorkrom.

After training over 1000 new beekeepers across Afram Plains since 2018, we have been busy setting up a processing centre in Donkorkrom where we are extracting the purest honey and beeswax from fresh honeycomb straight out of their hives. Each batch of honey and beeswax we process is fully traceable back to the beekeepers, thanks to our innovative digital supply chain management system.

Most of the beekeepers we work with live on the fringes of Digya National Park, a biodiversity hotspot where bees have access to an amazing variety of trees and flowers. Prior to training with us, several men in these communities used to trespass into the park to crop honey from bees nesting in trees. This led to conflict with wildlife rangers. Now they are able to harvest and sell a lot more honey, safely and without risk of incurring heavy fines from park authorities. Most importantly, beekeeping is giving people here a realistic alternative to charcoal production – one of the main sources of cash revenue for many communities here, but also the main driver of unsustainable deforestation.