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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Information and publications

Bees for Development produces a wide-range of publications to inform and educate beekeepers in developing countries. We target our information to areas where mainstream forms of support are lacking, and where beekeepers and trainers are working in difficult environments.

Our Beekeeping Resource Centre offers a unique range of bee-related information, introductory texts on many beekeeping topics, and will guide you to a wealth of relevant papers, articles and books.

Through our Information Services:

  • Beekeepers can gain new knowledge – enabling them to improve their standard of living
  • Trainers can deliver more effective teaching and training
  • Decision makers and policy makers – can be well informed to take decisions towards creating more enabling environments for bees and beekeepers
  • The theory and practice of sustainable beekeeping are further enhanced within the global beekeeping community.


Bees for Development Journal

Beekeeping and Development Guides

Beekeeping Resource Centre

Fact Sheets

Resource Boxes

Technical Bee Notes

Training Posters


Bees for Development Journal

Bees for Development Journal is our quarterly magazine with readers in over 130 countries. It is a valuable source of information about apiculture worldwide, providing unique news and views. The Journal includes practical advice on beekeeping and management techniques, future events (including training programmes) and reports from beekeeping projects and associations worldwide. It provides an avenue into the beekeeping network which is important for information exchange and making new contacts.

Journal 115 (cover)Journal 116 (cover)Journal 117 (cover)Journal Issue 118 (cover)

Subscribe to the Bees for Development Journal at the cost of £26 for four issues a year. You can order your subscription from our online shop.

Sponsored Subscriptions are available for those who find it difficult to pay the subscription. To request a free Sponsored Subscription contact us using this form and provide the details requested.


Download a Sample Issue Here


Beekeeping and Development Guides

Our Guides provide in-depth information about selling honey and beeswax and cover topics on honey quality, beekeeper organisations, and what to consider if planning for export. These texts are drawn largely from our work in Uganda and Cameroon and are of interest to those approaching honey and beeswax marketing. Available to purchase from our online store.

Information for Honey Packers (Booklet cover)  Market Access for Beekeepers (cover)  Establishing A Supply Chain (booklet cover)  Exporting Honey and Beeswax (Booklet cover)


Fact sheets

We publish Fact Sheets on a wide-range of beekeeping topics and other subjects such as honey trade, pollinators and development. Our Fact Sheets are freely available for the benefit of individual beekeepers and for educational purposes and more will be refreshed and made available here in the coming months.

The importance of bees and other insect pollinators

Bees for Development's 'Bee House'

Beekeeping and sustainability

Hive beetles with honey bees and stingless bees

Plants that are valuable for bees and other insect pollinators

Top-bar hive bee space

Wax moth



Resource Boxes

We send Resource Boxes free of charge to beekeeper trainers in developing countries.  The Boxes contain teaching materials that can be used by local trainers, and can be used also for promotional events to raise awareness of the importance of bees for livelihoods and the environment.

If you live in a developing country please apply for a sponsored Resource Box using this form.

 Boxes contain:

  • Bees for development Journal – an excellent resource and important first contact for new beekeepers
  • Bees and Rural Livelihoods – a booklet explaining why beekeeping is such a great activity. English, Portuguese and Spanish editions available
  • Information Poster – our famous Beekeeping Sustains Livelihoods: 10 good reasons why. available in English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
  • Information Poster – Bees make money. available in English and French
  • Beekeeping training modules for use during training courses in Africa: Value and life of the honey bee; Honey bee colony management; Harvesting and processing honey; Harvesting and processing beeswax; Choosing and making a bee hive;
  • Training Cards – these are full colour training cards with clear images to show beekeeping skills and bee biology.


Technical Bee Notes

If you would like to receive our regular email bulletin of news and updates from around the beekeeping world please join our mailing list and tick 'Technical Bee notes'

Read recent editions below

December 2015

October 2015


Training posters

Training posters are particularly useful for public spaces where communities meet, and for shows and events. Attractive and informative they encourage readers to learn more about the benefits of beekeeping for livelihoods.

Poster 'Bees make honey – Beekeepers make money'Poster 'Beekeeping sustains livelihoods – 10 good reasons'

Posters are included within Resource Boxes or can be purchased via our online store.





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Bees for Development Trust is the working title of The Troy Trust, Registered Charity 1078803
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