Whether added to your cereal, pastry and cooked food or spread on your breakfast bread honey is a delicious, natural finished sweetener. Although honeybees exist on all continents, except Antarctica, most exported honey comes from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Here bees and their keepers work hard to bring the best types of honey to your kitchen.

However, beekeepers and their colonies in the least developed and developing countries are having a tough time keeping their businesses afloat and securing their family’s livelihood. Low and unpredictable prices, difficult access to markets and challenging regulatory regimes are aggravating their situation. At the same time extreme climate patterns and the excessive usage of agro-chemicals are threatening the existence of bees’ in many areas. Fairtrade aims to help beekeepers to address all these challenges, so that they can have their fair share of the global honey market.

What Fairtrade Means for Honey Producers

Purchasing Fairtrade certified honey can provide honey producers with more stable income through the Fairtrade Minimum Price. Fairtrade certification can also link beekeeper-run cooperatives directly with Fairtrade buyers, cutting out middlemen and paving the way for longer term sustainability. The Fairtrade Premium is paid above and beyond the final price and is invested in community business and social development efforts. Read more

General Honey Facts

  • Honey bees live in female-dominated, task-specialised societies with a single queen, a few hundred drones, and thousands of workers. The latter fulfil the roles of collectors, processors, guardians or nannies.
  • To produce honey, bees collect water and sugar containing nectar from plant blossom and process it by means of enzymes, heat and air flow. These processes result in the drainage of water from the nectar and the modification of its sugar molecules. Once the water content falls below roughly 18 percent the nectar mixture has been transformed to honey.
  • The amount of honey one bee colony produces for human consumption ranges from around 20kg to well above 100kg per year. Because of the different types of nectars bees collect, there is also a great diversity in honey flavours.
  • Bees’s importance to humans goes far beyond honey. 70 to 80 percent of all cultivated plants are pollinated by bees. Without having bees to do this, plants would either yield less or no edible produce.
  • A complete extinction of bees could reduce global food produce by around a quarter, which would cause large-scale malnutrition, diseas and starvation.

Where to buy

Fairtrade certified honey can be found in many local super markets and whole food shops. If you can’t find it, talk to you local retailer or get in touch with your local Fairtrade organization by checking out Fairtrade Near You or select one of the countries in blue on the map below.

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