What we do
Bees for Development assists beekeepers living in poor and remote areas of the world - lifting them out of poverty through beekeeping. We work with individuals, trainers, community groups and associations, raising the profile of apiculture in developing countries to ensure a sustainable future for bees, people and the environment.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We believe livelihoods are sustainable when people have the means to take advantage of available resources and have the resilience to overcome difficulties. We value and respect local skills, recognising that local people have developed a relationship and understanding of their environment. We believe self-reliance and empowerment can be enhanced through access to knowledge and information.
- We promote the use of local resources and we do not send equipment or bees to poor countries.
- We advise the use of indigenous bees. This allows the maintenance of healthy strains of bees and helps to combat the spread of the bee health problems.
- We believe building capacity through information and knowledge sharing leads to self-reliance and empowerment of the poor.
- We believe the best hive type is one that is appropriate to the local context, is good for bees and affordable for beekeepers.
- We believe incomes can be raised by teaching beekeepers to analyse and understand their local market environment.