Apiculture in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has a huge, and largely untapped potential in the apiculture sector which contributes to employment generation and livelihood improvement, biodiversity and environmental protection and export commodity diversification.The country’s diverse agro-ecology and rich botanical diversity made it favourable for beekeeping activity that has been culturally practiced for centuries. Evidence show the existence of about 7,000 flowering plant species most of which are used as bee forages. The country is known for having the largest honey bee colonies in Africa, estimated at about 10 million. Apiculture is a long-standing practice in the country and Ethiopia is the leading producer of honey and beeswax in Africa. About two million rural households keep honeybees and the activity makes a substantial contribution to rural income generation.