Ethno-zoological use of bee products and by-products east of the W Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Benin
The current study has been carried out in the park W in the communes of Malanville, Karimama and Kandi. Its overall objective is to contribute to a better knowledge of bee products and by-products. The methodological approach used consisted on literature search, direct observations in the field, socio-economic and ethno-zoological surveys. In total, 204 randomly chosen persons belonging to seven ethnic were interviewed. Data obtained was analyses using factorial correspondence analysis (FCA) and Kruskall Wallis and Mann Whitney tests. Results showed that 100% of the people investigated use honey in their diet. There was no significant difference between the use of bee products by ethnic groups and by age groups. The analysis on the first two factorial axis explains 100% of the relationship between bee products and their use. This study allowed us to find that all bees’ products were considered highly usefulness.
Keywords: Bee products, cross-border reserves, biosphere, Benin