Beekeeping Extension Society (BES)
The Beekeeping Extension Society (BES) is a non-governmental organisation based in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. The primary objective of BES is extending beekeeping technology to local beekeepers in order to stop the destruction of forest trees, killing of bees and other smaller animals as a result of beekeeping. BES also aims to improve the income of the local beekeepers.
From 2001 to 2010, BES has received over $130,000 as grants and technical support from ten international organisations. The grants received were used to supply local beekeepers with modern beekeeping equipment and capacity-building programmes were conducted on how to use the equipment and bee management practices. As a result: local beekeepers average honey yields are now between 15-20 liters as against 2-4 liters per farmer per season; about 10,000 local beekeepers are now participating in the programme throughout sixteen states in Nigeria; farmers have formed cooperatives; beeswax, which used to be thrown away, is now used for soap, cream and candle making mostly by women in participating communities.