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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Symposium on Research in Beekeeping and Sustainable Development

United Kingdom

28-29 March 2018 University of Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

A Bees for development event

Bees for Development and The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading are jointly organising a Scientific Symposium on Research in Beekeeping and Sustainable Development to take place on 28-29 March 2018 in Reading, UK. This event will provide a unique forum for presentations and discussions around the topic of beekeeping and sustainable development, and for generating new relationships among those in this field.

The purpose of the Symposium is to advance understanding about the intersection of beekeeping science and international development. It is increasingly recognised that beekeeping has a role to play in poverty alleviation interventions for small-scale farmers; many international development organisations deliver beekeeping projects to address the goals of poverty reduction and biodiversity maintenance. There are an increasing number of researchers studying beekeeping in development. This scientific forum will bring together stakeholders to share evidence-based learning about how to effectively advance beekeeping to alleviate poverty.

Scientific context and Symposium theme
The event will reflect on what has changed since the 2007 Symposium Sustainable Livelihoods: exploring the Role of Beekeeping in Development, which took place in Swansea, and where participants examined the marginalisation of beekeeping through the lens of the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework. Since 2007, beekeeping has become much more mainstream in development programmes, and practitioners increasingly understand that the success of beekeeping livelihoods depend on poor people's access to markets, and how these markets function. Meanwhile reflections on the dynamics of poverty point to a need to understand how the income earned from honey selling contributes to livelihoods strategies, and whether and how, beekeeping offers a pathway out of poverty.

Further details
This two-day Symposium will take place at the campus of The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading.
Expressions of interest from those wishing to participate and make presentations should be sent to Janet Lowore, Bees for Development, at

Registration will open in December 2017.

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