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Cameroon’s humid forests are rich in biological diversity of ecological, economic and cultural importance locally, nationally and internationally. Non Wood Forest Products (NWFP) ensuing from these forests are known to improve the welfare of the local population by providing food, medicine, income and employment. Increasingly there is a growing demand for NWFPs such as forest foods, fruits and vegetables from peri-urban and urban areas in Cameroon, as well as from neighbouring countries, Europe, Canada and United States of America.
With increasing awareness of the importance of the NWFP sector the need for information and capacities to develop the sector is obvious. Nature-Care-Cameroon has engaged some communities with the aim of valorizing honey and its by-products extracted in large quantities in the forest. Honey, a product of beekeeping is one of the NTFPs gaining widespread recognition as an important source of revenue in the forest dwelling populations of Cameroon and other African countries as an important income generating activity.
There exists a ready market for honey nationally and internationally as well as a growing market for its by-products such as beeswax. In order to meet the growing demands for honey and by-products, Nature-Care-Cameroon is providing training to bee farmers on improved production techniques, value adding to produce better quality and quantity honey, organized farmers into groups and legal entities, address some of the challenges faced in the honey sub-sector and link them to market their products to maximize returns.