A Biovision Foundation honeybee project has been awarded third prize at the international honey and bee fair “ApiExpo Africa” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Entrants from Africa, Canada and Europe competed for the coveted awards.
“Our efforts have been rewarded! We were presented with a certificate by the Minister of Trade and Industry. To be presented with this award in front of a thousand domestic and international professionals was a very exciting moment for us,” said Dr. Shifa Ballo, who is in charge of the project in Tolay, Ethiopia, together with Lulseged Belayhun, who was also present at the ceremony.
Biovision and the Nairobi-based insect research institute icepe are training farmers in Tolay in modern ecological honey production and professional marketing. The honey business does not just improve the food security of these farmers, but also offers an additional sustainable source of income in rural Ethiopia.