Bees for Development
Bees for Development works to alleviate poverty through the promotion of apiculture. The main way in which Bees for Development achieves its aims is by serving a global beekeeping network, compiling and distributing technical information, keeping beekeepers up to date with knowledge of events and training opportunities and putting people in touch with each other to share and learn. Furthermore, Bees for Development undertakes research, leads development projects and advocates for policy change.
There is a strong link between beekeeping and natural forest conservation: beekeeping provides an economic incentive for poor rural people to conserve forests while the pollination benefits of bees have huge consequences for the maintenance of biodiversity.
Beekeeping for cashew pollination: building sustainable farming livelihoods in Ghana. This Project is delivered with our partners in Ghana and concerns enabling cashew farmers to keep bees within their cashew orchards. Research has shown that integrating beekeeping with cashew farming significantly increases cashew yields.
Increasing household income and enhancing the livelihood resilience of vulnerable households through beekeeping in Amhara, Ethiopia. Working with colleagues in Ethiopia we are teaching farming families how to make low-cost beehives and establish profitable apiaries. This work is combined with a project to reclaim degraded lands through tree-planting and conservation of naturally regenerating vegetation.