1. What does Bees for Development do?
We help and support beekeepers to make a sustainable living in harmony with their environment. We particularly help those who live in developing countries - because they lack access to services in their own countries. We provide education, training and information and also work with partners to tackle specific problems through our International Projects.
2. Does Bees for Development provide grant funding?
No. Bees for Development is not a grant-giving organisation.
We believe beekeeping can help people become self-sufficient and earn a steady income provided they have the know-how and information they need. Please use our Information Portal for practical information about beekeeping or subscribe to the Bees for Development Journal to keep up-to-date about events and issues. For advice about writing project proposals and finding funding you can refer to our information pages on these topics.
For more information about how we can help you, go to Resources for beekeepers.
3. Does Bees for Development provide hives or equipment?
Bees for Development encourages beekeepers to become self-sufficient. We believe equipment can either be:
- made by the beekeepers themselves, using simple materials and methods
- bought by beekeepers, either with money earned from honey sales or other sources
- bought by beekeepers who are assisted by micro-finance schemes.
Provision of equipment by donor projects sometimes has the effect of creating dependency or artificially forces up local prices of inputs as donors are doing the buying and not the end users.
Generally it has been found that the distribution of hives does not automatically lead to an increase in honey production. There are many reasons for this of course and usually concern issues to do with ownership, expertise, efficiency of marketing chains and different approaches to bee colony management.
Often beekeepers are not constrained by a shortage of hives but a shortage of market connections. In our opinion addressing marketing issues can boost honey production and trade more effectively than equipment distribution.
4. How do I submit an article for the Bees for Development Journal?
We are very willing to receive articles from any member of the beekeeping community. Just follow these simple guidelines and we will happily consider your submission click here and follow the link to Submit an Article.
5. Which is the best hive type for Africa?
The simple answer to this question is that any hive is suitable as long as the bees like it, the beekeeper can afford it and it works. For a more detailed answer please refer to the section on hive types in our Information Portal or read this article.