Beekeeping is a traditional practice that dates back some 200 years in north western Zambia. Bark hives are kept in trees and spread out over large distances of up to 50km. Forest Fruits provides ongoing training to improve the quality and the yield of honey from each hive.
Beekeepers who produce for Forest Fruits gain access to training, capacity building and membership with a producer group that makes production and marketing of bee products possible in an otherwise impossibly remote part of Zambia. Monthly incomes are less than USD 10.00 per month before producing honey; however, this income increases by 35 to 100% when farmers are trained, produce and sell their honey. Forest Fruits works with 6,000 beekeepers and their families to help them grow their honey businesses and improve the quality of their lives.