Who we work with

Bees for Development is a friendly and open organisation, interested to co-operate with other groups and individuals who share our belief that apiculture provides an excellent way to achieve truly sustainable development. We have working links with organisations in many countries.


TanzaniaRegional - ApiTrade Africa. A regional network working to increase African honey and beeswax trade.

Regional - West African Beekeeping Association. The West African Beekeepers' Association is a regional group of beekeepers with whom we have co-operated on several projects and activities. BfD published the proceedings of the First West African Bee Research Seminar which was held in 1991.


Tanzania - Njiro Wildlife Research Centre

Our partnership with NWRC began in 1992 with the Project Sustainable beekeeping for Africa implemented by BfD and funded by DFID, the UK Government Department for International Development. NWRC is the only institute in Tanzania with responsibility for research on bees.  NWRC co-operates with us in organising Beekeepers' Safaris and educational study tours for beekeepers.


Uganda - Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) is a trade promotion body under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry. UEPB's mandate is to facilitate development, diversification, promotion and co-ordination of export related activities that lead to export growth on a sustainable basis. UEPB's guiding policy is to mainstream poverty reduction into their work.

Uganda - TUNADO. The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation(TUNADO) is a not-for-profit, private-sector member organisation. Their vision is to transform the apiculture industry into a vibrant economic enterprise that will contribute to increased income for both rural communities and the nation. TUNADO serves the interests of members through the provision of information and advice, and by playing a liaison role.

Uganda - KABECOS A beekeepers cooperative in Kamwenge, we are working with KABECOS to increase their honey and beeswax trade.


We have links with the SOS-Sahel Beekeeping Project in Amhara region. This project is a leader in showing the benefits of collective marketing for beekeepers.


Cameroon - Lebialem Hunters Beekeeping Initiative. This project, co-ordinated by Juliet Wright, aims to help hunters replace hunting with beekeeping as a means to generate income.

Cameroon - Guiding Hope.  We worked with Guiding Hope during 2009-2011, on our Africa Wales honey and beeswax Trade Project.


Regional - In Asia, we enjoy strong links with the Asian Apicultural Association (AAA), based at Tamagawa University, Japan. AAA was established in 1992 to form a network and encourage exchange of information between beekeepers and bee scientists in Asia. The network is intended to benefit developing countries of Asia.  A conference is held every two years.






Bees for Development Journal is proud to be the official Newsletter of AAA.

AAA move

AAA has moved to its new office in ApiScience Information Services (ApiSIS).
Our new contact details:
ApiSIS, 5-6-3 Tamagawa Gakuen,
Machida, Tokyo 194-0041
Tel/Fax + 042-850-9198

Hitomi Enomoto, AAA Co-ordinator, August 2011

Report on 10th AAA Conference PDF

Report on 9th AAA Conference PDF


India - Keystone Foundation is an NGO in South India with which we have co-operated on several activities in India, Nepal and beyond. Currently we are working together on the the research project Bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which began in June 2006. This three year project is funded under the UK Government-funded Darwin Initiative to study the interdependencies between bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats, India.

Keystone Foundation were selected as one of 12 finalists in a World challenge for small businesses by BBC & Newsweek.

India - The Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Bangalore is a Government Department in India with which we co-operated in organising our Beekeepers' Safaris in 1999 and 2000.


Vietnam - Bees for Development has close ties with The Bee Research and Development Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. For example, we have raised sponsorship for people from the Centre to participate in meetings, and have arranged exchange visits between our partners in India and Vietnam. The Centre translates Bees for Development Journal into Vietnamese.


Nepal  - ICIMOD the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is working on a regional project for the conservation of indigenous honey bee species. Bees for Development and Keystone have provided consultancy services to the Project and Project News has been reported in BfD Journal.
Caribbean and the Americas

Regional - The Association of Caribbean Beekeepers' Organisations (ACBO) and Bees for Development are working together on a number of initiatives including organisation of the Caribbean Apiculture Congresses. Bees for Development has particularly strong links with beekeepers in Trinidad & Tobago, and St Vincent & The Grenadines. During 2003-2004 we provided research and training services to the research project on top-bar hives in Tobago.

Chile - Red Apicola.

Europe - UK

Within the UK our working partners include:

School of Development Studies
University of East Anglia

We have been working in partnership with UEA in the delivery of the research project Bees, biodiversity and livelihoods in India.

Centre for Agri-Environmental Research
University of Reading

Centre for Development Studies
University of Swansea

Tropical Forest Products

Building on our long term partnership of Bees for Development launched a new project with TFP in 2009. The aim was to increase and promote trade of bee products from Cameroon to the UK.

Bee Vital Propolis

Ragman's Lane Farm

With our partners at Ragman's Lane Farm we initiated a brand new training course in Sustainable Bee Keeping in 2009. A new look at the relationship between honey bees and people.


We have links with government organisations and NGOs throughout Europe working in beekeeping development, and have co-operated on a range of projects. Our main European partners include:


Apiservices France

Bikonsult HB Sweden

NECTAR The Netherlands

The Danish Beekeepers Federation (DBF) Denmark

BfD Partner organisations - if we have somehow failed to mention you here - please do let us know!