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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Bee charity wins prestigious award for delivering life-changing impact in Africa
Tuesday 6 February 2018
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A Monmouth-based charity has been recognised with a prestigious award for its unique work, ensuring beekeeping transforms the lives of communities across Africa.
Bees for Development (BfD) - which is celebrating its 25th year – landed the coveted ‘Overall Impact’ award at the Wales Africa Awards, organised by the Welsh Government-funded Hub Cymru Africa.
The charity pioneers international development projects which utilise beekeeping to help people in some of the poorest corners of the world.
Its work in Africa is central to this vision – and BfD has transformed the lives of people in countries and nations such as Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana and Uganda; primarily through training beekeepers, providing isolated people with food and sustainable incomes which can benefit whole communities.
BfD was granted the major Award for its success in demonstrating "An overall outstanding positive change to people's lives in Wales or Africa”.
The charity was presented with the Award by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM at a ceremony in Cardiff last week (29 January).
Dr Nicola Bradbear, founder of BfD, said: “Bees for Development is absolutely delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award – it is an amazing way to start our 25th year of work.
“Hub Cymru Africa's 'Wales Africa Awards' brought together a number of incredible organisations who are passionate about international development, so it was a hugely proud moment for our charity to be singled-out for the 'Overall Impact' accolade.
“Families across Africa are benefitting from the amazing, transformative powers of the beautiful honey bee - which is delivering opportunities, hope and – crucially – day-to-day sustainable livelihoods to some of the continent's most remote and deprived people.
“We're indebted to our amazing supporters who enable our work across Africa and beyond. We pay tribute to the powerful bees who make this possible. We hope 2018 is the year when people across the world do more to help protect bees so they keep transforming communities - like those we are helping."
Projects in Africa include support given to female beekeepers at Mount Elgon. BfD has supported a group of amazing women, who have benefitted and upskilled from the charity's training package, and are now independent beekeepers, at Mount Elgon National Park, with the approval of the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
BfD’s efforts in Africa are also inspiring decision-makers to embrace change. Partners in Ghana have recently proven successful in urging Ghana’s government to halt planned action to spray cashew orchards with pesticides - something which would have been devastating for bees and other insects; and ultimately reduced yields of cashew nuts.
The charity will soon be expanding its work in Africa, with the aim of restoring natural forest to Ethiopia's globally-important Lake Tana, and harnessing the power of beekeeping to support the impoverished local community.
BfD picked up a second award at the ceremony – also being ‘highly commended’ in Wales Africa Awards’ Sustainability category.
Dr Bradbear added: “Sustainability is central to our international development work – and ensures that our projects deliver long-lasting, enduring change, which transforms communities for years to come.
“Our focus is on simple methods of sustainable beekeeping, which use local bees and local, affordable materials. This process, across Africa and beyond, means many thousands of remote, poor families are seeing natural resources turned into sustainable livelihoods.”
Cat Jones, Head of Partnership at Hub Cymru Africa said: “This celebration was all about the huge contribution individuals, community groups and small charities in Wales make to tackle global issues.”
For more information on BfD, visit the charity’s website or telephone 01600 714848.
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