Promoting beehive products
The sustainability of many beekeeping operations around the world is challenged by the insufficient honey prices to cover the increasing costs of producing real honey. Although demand and preference for natural products continues to grow, two additional factors have contributed to an enormous increase of honey exports – a steep increase of exports by some Eastern countries, and the appearance of new honey export countries in Europe.
As long as economically motivated adulteration, customs fraud and the violation of international and national trade laws persist, the wellbeing and stability of world beekeepers, food security and ecological sustainability remain in jeopardy. While maximising the efforts in combating honey fraud, the world beekeeping community also urgently needs to return to a positive and proactive agenda in order to help protect the prestige of this ancient food that is so related to nature and human health.
Apimondia promotes the development of beehive products and all kinds of commercial activities linked to bees. The areas we cover are: management (apiaries, industry), products (quality, commercialisation), markets (domestic, international trading), sales promotion, new products and new businesses, environment (natural, economic), history, education, sector organisations (for the strengthening of beekeeping economy), and communication.