Recognizing the Value of Bees
Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollinators, like bees, allow plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.
World Bee Day highlights the important role that bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem and their contribution in addressing food security and biodiversity. ViviendasLeón is dedicated to sharing the important role of bees through our Family Farming, Reforestation, and Small Business Enterprise programs. In our Family Farming and Reforestation programs, ViviendasLeón spotlights the importance of rehabilitating habitats to allow for native plants and insects to flourish. One key player in ensuring ViviendasLeón supports Colectivo de Abejas (COABE), a women’s honey bee cooperative in the rural communities of Nicaragua, that is dedicated to offering natural and artisanal products such as soap bars, hand sanitizers, liquid soap, and candles made with local, quality honey that promotes environmental conservation. Similarly, in the community of San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala, student groups visited Mundo de Abejas Maya to learn about the region’s native stingless bees and the medical properties that their honey has. Students learned the difference between stingless and stinging bees while learning not just the environmental significance but the cultural importance the bee played in early Mayan society.