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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Making a difference worldwide
Founded in 1993, Bees for Development was the first organisation to articulate the reasons why beekeeping is such a useful tool for achieving poverty alleviation while helping to retain biodiversity. We focus always on simple methods of sustainable beekeeping, always using local bees and local materials. We have helped many thousands of remote and poor families to earn essential income to meet their basic needs. We encourage farmers to make simple, low-cost beehives so that more people can harvest and sell honey, turning natural resources into sustainable livelihoods with great benefit for the wider environment.
Based in Monmouth in the UK, Bees for Development has now worked in more than fifty countries world-wide. In addition to our own projects, we undertake beekeeping project work on behalf of, and provide advice to the World Bank, United Nations FAO and IFAD, EU, DFID, USAID and other international organisations.
Bees for Development currently manages projects at community and national levels in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda, some funded by donors such as DFID, however our work is primarily supported by funds raised specifically for this work by Bees for Development Trust.
We provide information free of charge to beekeepers in poor countries – Bees for Development Journal and Teaching and Learning Boxes are sent to readers in 130 nations, sharing knowledge and advice, and our website includes an open-access Information Portal, maybe the largest web-based resource on bees and beekeeping world-wide.
Learning from our world-wide experience of intensive and extensive beekeeping practises, we are a proponent of beekeeping practices that recognise current scientific understanding of the honey bee colony as a superorganism. We have developed innovative, practical courses in the UK which emphasise science-based, natural approaches to beekeeping.
Also in the UK, we have lobbied the local council to reduce verge and hedge cutting, with the enactment of Monmouthshire Pollinator Policy in 2014. We were instrumental in the establishment of the campaigning organisation, Bee Friendly Monmouthshire.