Apiculture Centre of Excellence, Ethiopia
The Centre offers advice and training about apiculture best practice, 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.
This development is the outcome of a partnership between Trade Advance Ltd, a UK social entrepreneur who is committing funds, Mr. Tilahun Gebey, an Ethiopia apiculture and development specialist, and Bees for Development Trust.
Despite the significance of the beekeeping sector in Ethiopia which is one of Africa's largest producers, beekeepers face many challenges. In a recent survey undertaken in Amhara beekeepers ranked their two priority 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 take advantage of new market opportunities.
- Tree seedling nursery established for bee-friendly trees
- Training local communities skills in making top-bar hives from local materials
- Building skills of government development agents in apiculture
- Supporting Farmer Training Centres to develop expertise in beekeeping
- Spearheading a local multi-partner initiative to address the impact of pesticides on honey bees
Image: Shide Gete with new honey comb on top-bars, a result of training by Bees for Development Ethiopia