Lesotho is the home to some of diverse flora in Africa and thus making it suitable for bee colonies. In recent years, there has been a growing population of beekeepers in Lesotho as evidenced by the increased number of beehives in the country.

According to Beekeeping Regional Situational Analysis (2004), there were 378 beehives, however, now the number has increased significantly. The growth and development of beekeeping sector in Lesotho is attributed to great support from the Government Departments, Development Partners and the Non-government Organizations. The main beekeeping products in Lesotho are honey, propolis and beeswax with honey being the chiefest product. In Lesotho, the demand for honey is increasing because of its medicinal and nutritional benefits, and this is evidenced by the luge volumes of honey imported into the country.

What we do as LENAFU

  • Mobilize beekeepers and organize in to groups
  • Negotiate with formalized markets on behalf of the producers;
  • Assist smallholder producers in increasing their collective self-help capacities and their negotiating skills;
  • Lobby and advocate for the rights of farmers with the general goal of improving beekeepers capacity.
  • Organize smallholder producers in order to achieve economies of scale;
  • Provide short trainings to the farmers to build their skill capacity
  • Conduct exchange/ field visits for the farmers for knowledge transfer