It is now well accepted that beekeeping can offer people in rural villages a way of generating additional income. However, beekeeping is not always easy. The bees can sting and are often unpredictable. The honey harvest depends on many factors, including the weather and on having a good market. High value honey must be of good quality. Beeswax is also a useful product, which is often wasted.
These field manuals are designed for use by field-based trainers in sub-Saharan Africa. It is based on colour pictures with few words. The manual covers basic techniques needed to start a beekeeping business. It also offers some new ideas to help beekeepers to become independent by making their own equipment from local materials. We hope that this will help people to start beekeeping at an affordable cost, and maybe to experiment with new materials.
Thanks to the Waterloo Foundation for financial assistance in making the basic manual available in multiple languages. The advanced manual is currently only available in English. Please note that all files are large (>10 MB), and may be difficult for slow connections. As a courtesy to the authors and sponsors, we ask that you supply a traceable email address, so we understand who is using their material.
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English version, 12.4MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/bb_english.pdf" title="basic beekeeping English"]
French version, 12.2MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/Manuel d'apiculture élémentaire.pdf" title="Manuel d'apiculture élémentaire"]
Shona version, 11.7MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/Kutanga Kuchengeta Nyuchi Chinyorwa 1 (Shona).pdf" title="Kutanga Kuchengeta Nyuchi Chinyorwa 1"]
Swahili version, 12.4MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/Nakala ya Ufugaji wa Nyuki (Swahili).pdf" title="Nakala ya Ufugaji wa Nyuki (Swahili)"]
Chichewa version, 12.2MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/Kuweta njuchi buku (Chichewa).pdf" title="Kuweta njuchi buku (Chichewa)"]
Kinyarwandan version, 12.1MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/Igitabo Cya 1 - Cy'ubuvumvu Bw'ibanze (Kinyarwandan).pdf" title="Igitabo Cya 1 - Cy'ubuvumvu Bw'ibanze (Kinyarwandan)"]
English version, 10.7MB
[download file="pamsmanuals/ab_english" title="advanced beekeeping English"]