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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Trees for Bees in Ethiopia

Help us restore natural forest around Ethiopia's Lake Tana, and help bees to help people.

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Help us restore natural forest around Ethiopia's Lake Tana, and help bees to help people.

Deforestation is a disaster for the environment but it is a disaster for people too. We see this in our work helping people around Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia to improve their lives through beekeeping. But beekeepers face a huge problem: severe deforestation, including the loss of nectar-bearing trees, has had a devastating impact on bees.

Our ambitious plan is to help regenerate a hundred acres of forest, providing bee habitat, and to train young landless women and men in beekeeping, giving them a way to earn a living and to secure a better future.

"Beekeeping is such a good business for me, because I do not need to find money for seed fertilisers or animal feed. Deforestation is now a big problem. We need to make a change for us all to benefit", Mengistu, new beekeeper, Ethiopia, 2017.

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Honey gives poor families much needed income in Ethiopia. But the loss of nectar-bearing trees undermines this source of cash. 

Honey gives poor families much needed income in Ethiopia. But the loss of nectar-bearing trees undermines this source of cash. 

Forest cover around Ethiopia's Lake Tana has fallen from 40% cover to just 1% since 1980. The consequence for beekeepers has been devastating.

Forest cover around Ethiopia's Lake Tana has fallen from 40% cover to just 1% since 1980. The consequence for beekeepers has been devastating.

Our ambitious project to re-forest degraded land is a community endeavour. Bees for Development Ethiopia has experience of community-based forest ...

Our ambitious project to re-forest degraded land is a community endeavour. Bees for Development Ethiopia has experience of community-based forest management projects and an excellent track-record of achievement. 

This beautiful natural forest, full of bees and nectar, used to be found throughout the Lake Tana area. Very little remains.

This beautiful natural forest, full of bees and nectar, used to be found throughout the Lake Tana area. Very little remains.

With some protection from over-grazing and over-use the forest regenerates fast, providing habitat for bees and honey for beekeepers. 

With some protection from over-grazing and over-use the forest regenerates fast, providing habitat for bees and honey for beekeepers. 

Endashaye is a beekeeper and uses income earned from selling honey and beeswax to buy clothes and school books for her children.

Endashaye is a beekeeper and uses income earned from selling honey and beeswax to buy clothes and school books for her children.

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