Yemeni Honey: Support For the Poor & Food For the Rich

National Yemen

Yemen Exports Five Thousand Tons of Honey in 2012

By NY Staff 

Tens of displaced families from the wars in the south of Yemen have resorted to the breeding and production of bees. They have adopted it as a source of income, taking advantage of support from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen, which trained them in beekeeping.

Yemen is very famous for its honey. The prices of Yemeni honey differ according to the kind of the honey and the place where the honey is made.

Among the kinds of honey that are produced by displaced families is Sidr honey, the most expensive honey in the world at $200 per kilo.

There is also Aldoni honey from Hadramout in the east of the country. The honey is produced in these areas because the bees there feed from the Sidr trees, the opposite of other bees that feed from sugar then then produce honey of a lower quality.

Sidr honey has many advantages for one’s health and body. It provides energy, which makes many people use as a stimulant.

Subite Mahdi, a man in the Addala province and an expert in beekeeping, said that the training provided to the beneficiaries of this project will enable them to reap about 150 kilograms of honey annually.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has trained 310 selected people from beekeepers in nine villages in the Addala province. It also provides them with the necessary materials such as hives with metal armor, bee colonies, sugar, and protective clothing.

Yemenis have been engaged in beekeeping and honey production for many centuries. Historians say that Yemen was described as a “honey homeland” 3,000 years ago.