Quality Assurance for the Honey Trade in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (2012)
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The countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region produce more than 20% of all honey sold worldwide. Honey is an important source of income, nutrition, and medicine for mountain communities, and with growing demand for honey in developed countries and increasing prices, high-quality mountain honey offers excellent potential for export. However, producers in the region have limited access to the lucrative markets in developed countries, as most of the honey produced does not meet the stringent trade requirements. This publication provides information on the standards and good practices needed for trade in international markets as well as within the HKH, with an additional focus on requirements for organic honey. It is designed primarily to help government agencies, policy makers and planners, and ICIMOD’s partner institutions in the HKH region to establish and implement quality assurance systems in the honey supply chain. The publication will also be of interest to actors in the honey supply chain in the region – the beekeepers, input suppliers, honey processors, traders, and support organizations (government and non-governmental and private sector organizations) that are responsible for maintaining the quality of honey at all stages of production, collection, processing, and distribution. The publication is especially focused on the needs of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, as India and China already have honey quality assurance systems in place.

ISBN: 978 92 9115 246 9
Language: English
Pages: 64
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