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Ethiopian Apiculture Board

The Apiculture Board was conceptualized during the International Seminar on Honey held in Addis Ababa in January 2007. During that seminar a steering committee was formed to prepare the concept, draft the constitution and organize the first General Assembly.

In April 2008, the Steering Committee requested assistance from SNV Support to Business Organization and the Access to Markets programme (BOAM) with the formation of the Board. SNV BOAM supported the whole process through advisory services as well as fund support for the organization of the first General Assembly. SNV Ethiopia sees the Board as part of the exit strategy for the BOAM Program. The Honey Value Chain Coordination Group will soon be merged within the structure and activities of the Board.

Finally, the Ethiopian Apiculture Board, the first of its kind of organization in Ethiopia was launched on February 6, 2009 at the UN Economic Commission for Africa Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.

Eighty six participants representing key players from all segments in the honey and other bees’ products value chain, including private sector, beekeepers unions and associations, government agencies and NGOs came together to formally establish the umbrella organization of the apiculture sector in Ethiopia.

Some Facts About The Sector

There are number of accepted facts in the apiculture industry in Ethiopia. Some of the facts that could contribute in motivating of partners to act in the development of the sector are

> The country has expected to have some 10,000,000 bee colonies that put her in first place in Africa;

> Having such a large colonies, Ethiopia has potential of producing over 500,000 tones of honey per year, placing her again, in first place in Africa;

> Current productivity is far less than that could have been otherwise when compared to such countries such as china. Current productivity is estimated to be 20 – 30 kg/hive/year.

> It is believed that honey and other bee products were one of the oldest export items in the country;

> Ethiopian honey attracted the interest of EU and American markets in the last five years , following the intervention in the sector and performance of yearly residue monitoring plan;

> Domestic consumption is consistently increasing, putting its pressure on export volume;

> Apiculture sector can play growing role in improvement of household income to ensure food security of households under the poverty line;

> Nowadays apiary is a small holders activity in the country;

> Nowadays peasant farmers came to understand the potential of the sector to engage in it as a full time farm activity to earn their livelihood and private sector started to invest on it understanding the potential of the sector;

> Honey product of the country is largely organic in nature and have attractive colour and test;

> It is an area that can contribute a lot in the improvement of the economy of the country;

> The sector started to attract the attention of the government. It is given attention in the country’s GTP (growth and transformation plan) and different policies and proclamations were designed in favor of the sector;

> Furthermore, number of NGOs and bi-lateral organizations shown growing interest to contribute for the development of the sector;

> The promotion activities and export market are growing ;

> Partnership among the different development actors and stakeholders is growing;

> The conservation and a forestation program of Ethiopian government is good opportunity for the development of bee forage;

> Establishment of such sectoral associations as EBA (Ethiopian beekeepers association), EHBPEA (Ethiopian honey & other bee product processors & exporters association) and the apex body of the sector, EAB is again a good opportunity for the development of the sector in pushing forward all the likely activities in the sector;

APIEXPO AFRICA 2012, "Beekeeping for Food Security and Combating Climate Change”. Scheduled to take place between 26 & 30 Sept, 2012, at the Millennium Hall, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Share on Facebook