Keeping bees for better nutrition
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CTA. 1991. Keeping bees for better nutrition. Spore 31. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Beekeeping in Africa by Stephen Adjare 1990, 130pp ISBN 92 5 1027943 Publications Division, FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome, ITALY Bees and beekeeping: science practice and world resources by Eva Crane 1990. 614 pp ISBN 0 434 9
Beekeeping is practiced in all parts of the world, and honey is produced and marketed as an international commodity. Bees are recognized as important pollinators of food crops. New management and production techniques are continually being developed in response to the increased demand for honey and other hive products and in recognition of the role of bees in pollination. In many parts of Africa, honey is collected from tree branches hollows and crevices, but only in Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania is the practice of keeping bees in hives followed to any great extent. Even there traditional beekeeping does not make use of correct equipment and modern techniques. Two books have been published recently which throw light on the practice and science of bees and beekeeping both in Africa and worldwide. Beekeeping in Africa, by Stephen O Adjare of the Apiculture Unit of the Kumasi University of Science and Technology in Ghana, is one of the Food and Agriculture Organization's Service Bulletins. It focuses on the problems, opportunities and resources which are peculiar to Africa, while drawing on the experience of beekeepers from around the world. It stresses the potential that beekeeping offers to rural development for nutrition and income generation, and concentrates on the use of local technology and materials as well as the particular characteristics of the African honeybee. Bees and beekeeping: science, practice and world resources, by Eva Crane, who was formerly director of the International Bee Research Association, explains the scientific principles underlying effective beekeeping and their practical application in different climates and conditions. Dr Crane's work includes sections on varieties of bees, types of hives, bee health, plant resources and hive products. It finishes with a study of beekeepers themselves and the laws relating to beekeeping. There are also appendices on world honey sources and their geographical distribution and a gazeteer of individual countries, together with bibliography, plant index, geographical name index and subject index. Beekeeping in Africa by Stephen Adjare 1990, 130pp ISBN 92 5 1027943 Publications Division, FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome, ITALY Bees and beekeeping: science practice and world resources by Eva Crane 1990. 614 pp ISBN 0 434 90271 3. price UKL.85.00 Reed Book Services Sanders Lodge, Rushden Northamptonshire NN10 9YZ, UK