“We Are All One Hive” trains and supports individual beekeepers in the West African countries of Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso. Through partnership grants with USAID, Koster Keunen works side by side with beekeepers and offers supplies needed to be successful. Koster Keunen also provides training of beekeepers on best practices in colony management, extraction, and separation methods for cleaner honey and wax.
During the growing season, the beekeepers tend their hives. When the season is complete, they carry out the honey and wax extraction. Before Koster Keunen initiated this program, the wax was often seen as a by-product of the honey production, and with no commercial value or outlet, it was disposed of. Today, we are the secure and guaranteed market for the wax. With this market availability, more people can become beekeepers.