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.

Basic Beekeeping

English version, 12.4MB

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English version – compresed file (good for slow connection speeds), 12.33KB

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French version, 12.2MB

Enter your email address to download Manuel d\'apiculture élémentaire






Shona version, 11.7MB

Enter your email address to download Kutanga Kuchengeta Nyuchi Chinyorwa 1






Swahili version, 12.4MB

Enter your email address to download Nakala ya Ufugaji wa Nyuki






Chichewa version, 12.2MB

Enter your email address to download Kuweta njuchi buku (Chichewa)






 

Kinyarwandan version, 12.1MB

 

Enter your email address to download Igitabo Cya 1 - Cy\'ubuvumvu Bw\'ibanze (Kinyarwandan)






Advanced Beekeeping

English version, 10.7MB

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