Apiculture Centre of Excellence, Ethiopia

The Centre offers advice and training about apiculture best practice, natural resource management and beekeeping as a business in one of the poorest regions of Ethiopia. The Centre is established as a local Ethiopian charity named Bees for Development Ethiopia

The Centre trains new beekeepers using a seasonal training programme, which includes hive-making, colony management, harvesting and sale of bee products. All aspects of beekeeping are considered. In a recent survey, established beekeepers ranked their two greatest problems as shortage of bee forage and pesticide poisoning. Farmers also face barriers to understanding and meeting requirements for quality, quantity and consistency of supply of honey - making it hard for them to make the best of new market opportunities.

In 2015 we plan to

Train 150 families and 4 youth groups in beekeeping, with a focus on those who have insufficient land for farming
Support ye'kolotemari children (students of church schools), helping them get started in beekeeping so they can buy food and medicine
Strengthen village-based Farmer Training Centres, so they are fit for the purpose of delivering beekeeping training
Establish a training apiary, so the Centre's training programme can expand
Continue to work with farmers to encourage tree planting and tree conservation, always focussing important bee forage species
Develop a task force of local stakeholders willing and able to address the growing problem of pesticide poisoning of bees

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Image top left: The Centre works with farmers to plant trees suitable for bees and to reverse deforestation
Image top right: Shide Gete with new honey comb on top-bars, a result of training by Bees for Development Ethiopia
Image bottom: Tilahun Gebey, Director of Bees for Development Ethiopia, with a comb of honey weighing 3 kilos
Images by Bees for Development Ethiopia 2014

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Project Supporters:

  This Project is sponsored by Trade Advance Ltd.  


 We also thank The Funding Network for supporting this Project.



We thank the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust for their support.



 We wish to thank The Marr-Munning Trust for their support.