Bees for Development
Apiculture gives some of the world's poorest people the opportunity to enhance their income. To be able to do this they need to understand appropriate beekeeping methods for the place where they live. Methods will vary with the location and the resources available for beekeeping. Although the beekeeping sector is fast evolving the most vulnerable people frequently have the least access to the beekeeping information they need. Good quality training will demonstrate how livelihoods might be improved by using affordable beekeeping methods or by maximising the value of the products that can be achieved with the resources available to producers.
Beekeeping trainers need knowledge of beekeeping and also knowledge of teaching. Good training must be interesting, motivating and useful. Training courses need to be tailored to meet the needs and learning abilities of the participants. Learning is always best achieved by doing, therefore workshops and training programmes should be designed to ensure that people participate actively and try things about for themselves. Safety of people should be taken into consideration for all practical courses.
Effective training courses require careful planning and follow-up. Failing to plan is planning to fail. It is often useful to incorporate some form of assessment within a training programme as this verifies to both trainer and students that learning outcomes have been achieved. By the end of a training course participants must be clear about the next steps they need to take in order to implement their new knowledge. Profitable beekeeping is a practical skill and people learn practical skills best by trying them out for themselves. The best training courses are designed so that people leave understanding the steps they will need to take to make full use of the information they have learned.
Training topics which are relevant to those engaged in beekeeping in developing countries include: beekeeping, basic business skills, marketing, making added-value products and running successful clubs and associations.
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List of Articles available on this topic (70):
A Manual for Trainers of Small Scale Beekeeping Development Workers
Gentry, C., Rice, R.C., Sommer, C. & Wilburn, M.E.
A Trainer\'s Box of Tricks
Appropriate extension messages - DFID working in Kenya
Bees for Development
Audio-Visual Aids for Cooperative Education and Training
Audio-Visual Communication Handbook
Basic Finance for Marketers
Bee virus investigator wins Vita Research Award
Bees for Development
Beekeeper Trainers\' Resource Book
Shukla, A. N.
Beekeeping Development in the Central African Republic
Debold K J
Beekeeping for Rural Development : A Uganda Case
Beekeeping in Ghana: on the road in Africa doing developmental beekeeping demonstrations
Beekeeping Service and Development Centre - Informationa Leaflet
Beekeeping Training and Extension Support Project: Project Document
Beekeeping Training for Farmers in the Himalayas
Gurung M., Partap U., Shrestha N., Sharma H., Islam N., Tamang N.
Beekeeping Training Manual (For Beginners)
Beekeeping: and Appropriate Technology
Beekeeping: Assistance for GCSE Students
Caucasian honey bee workshop
Bees for Development
Chinese Eastern Bee Research Institute invites correspondence
Craft aid in Rodrigues: bees and disabled people
Draper, P. & Duggan, M.
Development and Implementation of an Undergraduate Beekeeping Program at Makerere University
J E Tew
Documenting, Evaluating and Learning from our Development Projects: a Participatory Systemization Workbook
Draft of an Economic Evaluation of Danmarks Biavlerforening (DBF) Supervised Beekeeping Project (funded by Danida) in Guinea Bissau, West Africa
Economics of Beekeeping Industry
Education, Repression & Liberation: Namibia
Educational Aids on Apiculture
Empowering the Rural Disabled
Farm Planning and Management for Trainers of Extension Workers in the Caribbean
Final Report (first evaluation): Honey Beekeeping Development project - UGANDA
Final Report of the Workshop on Some Basic Elements of Beefarming at Cooperative College, Bamenda
Follow-up mission on the evaluation of DBF supervised (DANIDA funded) beekeeping project in Guinea-Bissau 31.09.01-09.10.01
Forest Products and Household Incomes: A Review and Annotated Bibliography
Gender and organisational change training manual
Groverman,V & Gurung,J D
Haiti Beekeeping Mission
Handbook for Development Workers Overseas: some questions to consider before, during and after a period of employment in the Third World
How to Make and Use Visual Aids: a VSO Book
Harford, N. & Baird, N.
Humanity Development Library 2.0: for sustainable development and basic human needs. 1 230 publications, 30 000 images, 160 000 pages
Humanity Development Library
Indonesia: Country Statement - Presented at Workshop in Research and Development on Beekeeping in Tropical Asia
Integrating Environmental and Economic Accounting at the Farm Level
International Workshop on Non-Apis Bees and their Role as Crop Pollinators
Larson, J.H., Tepedino, V.J., Torchio, P.F. & Vandenburg, J.D.
Introductory Apiculture Course 34-221: The Biology of Honey Bees
Kevan, P.G. & Dabrowska-Miciula, E.
Learning from Rural Women: A Manual for Village-Level Training to Promote Women\'s Activities in Marketing
Lesson Plans for Beekeeping in the Philippines
Livelihoods Diversification and Enterprise Development
Lower costs for learners
Manual for Appropriate Beekeeping in Zambia
Smallholder Development Project
May Newsletter 2009
Apoolo na Angor
Observational hives: educational beekeeping
Opportunities for Training in Apiculture World-wide
Participatory Learning & Action 54: Mapping for Change
IIED & CTA
Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire Known as \"The Bee Charmer\"
Practical Manual on Beekeeping
Gupta, JK; Sharma, HK; Thakur, RK.
Proceedings of a workshop to develop strategies to address research issues identified in the National Forest and beekeeping programmes
Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
Proceedings of the Aushra Workshop on Land Policy
Bruce, J. et al
Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?
Siegel, T. & Betz, J.
Research and Training Results: Activities to Improve Traditional Honey and Beeswax Harvest and Post Harvest Practices
Jumhur, A. & Wickham, T.
Science for Self Reliance
Society for Technology & Development
SEAGA - Socioeconomic and Gender Analysis Programme - Field Handbook
Wilde, V (FAO)
Selection of Visual Aids
Sericulture Training Manual
Lee, S.P., Lim, S.H. & Kim, Y.T.
Starting a cooperative: Farmer-controlled economic initiatives
Starting with Bees: An Introduction to African Beekeeping
Nazzi, F., Annoscia, D., Del Fabbro, S., Del Piccolo, F.
The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping
Davis, I. & Cullum-Kenyon, R.
The Birth of Itumbauzo Beekeepers Association
The Kom beekeeping project
Kenneth, C. and Gregory, P.
Top Tips for Trainers. Principles of beekeeping training
Training in Malta
Training women trainers
UWESO UK Trust Newsletter - Issue 3
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