In Guatemala, an estimated 3,500 beekeepers and 150,000 hives are present. The majority (80%) are small and medium producers, owners of 1 to 50 hives. 90% of Guatemala’s honey is exported in bulk to Europe. Only 30% is exported directly by producers cooperatives, 25% is produced directly by exporters and the rest is bought and commercialized by intermediaries.
It is strategic for honey sector to promote the producers’ business and organization skills and guide the cooperative towards their own productive and commercial autonomy.
Strengthening organizatinal and agro-industrial capacities of cooperatives’ producing value-added products of beekeeping cooperatives