INTO Giving – funds beekeeping in Odogbolu district, Nigeria

INTO Giving is funding a new Bees Abroad project in Nigeria, one of the World’s poorest countries, where 67% of the population live below the poverty line. The Multilateral Grammar School, based in the Odogbolu district. The kind donation of £4560 will cover the cost of materials, training and the establishment of an apiary and honey harvesting equipment.

Here 90% of the parents of the students in the school catchment area are farmers on very low incomes which in turn leads to poor nutrition, high mortality at all ages and inadequate access to healthcare and education.

This school is government run with a junior school which has 285 students in attendance and a senior school with 200 students.

Bees Abroad will help the school and the local community in the following ways:

Firstly, beekeeping will provide an income stream for the school to buy extra resources. Secondly, the students who are trained will be able to take their sustainable and ecological beekeeping skills into their community thus creating a second income which will help to pay their school fees and support their extended families.

 Funds donated will enable the Bees Abroad to:

  • Deliver beekeeping training to teachers and students
  • Provide materials needed for hive construction and personal protection equipment,
  • Provide instructional training materials and manuals,
  • Establish an apiary and honey harvesting equipment.

Training will be given by Mr Oreyemi Babatunde Adenola who has worked with Bees Abroad since 2006 and has already successfully delivered 4 projects in the area. Teachers will teach students beekeeping as part of the curriculum aiming to produce a minimum of 10 new beekeepers every year going forward. This ensures a sustainable, environmentally friendly way of alleviating poverty.

Rory’s Well – Bee Farming

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a project in partnerhsip with Rory’s Well to support Bee Farming in the Barri Chiefdom, Pujehun District, SW Sierra Leone.

Neil Brent a member of Gloucestershire Beekeepers and Kath Hayward visited Sierra Leone earlier this year in order to assess potential for bee farming in the area. Five villages were visited: Korigboma, Mano, Makka, Semabu, and Taninahun meeting with the chief and meet villagers who wanted to farm bees and discuss the project with them. From the start it was clear that there was a lot of interest in all the villages. These visits also involved walking to places where there were known to be wild bees. The individuals who came forward were mostly ‘honey-hunters’ who find wild bees and then take their honey; in the process this can mean that colonies are destroyed. Bee Farming aims to maintain hives of bees for longer periods. Whilst these site visits were happening a carpenter and two local apprentices were busy making seven hives for siting close to each of the five villages.

Brian Durk will support Neil as he learns more about beekeeping in Africa and will help Neil to deliver training in this remote and challenging part of Africa.

Good to the last drop – Bees in India

Martin Kunz has recently visited India. Here is a fascinating article about beekeeping there, the different species of bee and how the honey crop is improving livelihoods. The article is written by his wife Marianne Landzettel, with photos taken by Martin.

<b>Reprint courtesy of Oregon Tilth’s </b><b><i>In Good Tilth</i></b><b> magazine, Spring Issue 2017</b>

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Migrating Honey Bees

Collecting wax from a box hive
Collecting wax from a box hive

Liz Bates has written a wonderful article in the magazine BeeCraft, explaining how the migration of honeybees in Kenya is part of the natural rhythm of beekeeping in a region with two rainy seasons.  She also demonstrates how, with help from Bees Abroad, these communities are sourcing hive equipment locally, and making valuable products.

We’re delighted that BeeCraft have let us reproduce Liz’s article on our website.

Bee Craft Feb 2016 Migrating Bees

Adding Value in Kenya

Mary demonstrating soap production
Mary demonstrating soap production

John and Mary Home are visiting Kenya. A visit to Kerio Valley to give training in making soap from beeswax and honey. Then off to Laikaipia meeting with David Njugna and the Deputy Minister for small livestock, including bees. John Home is pleased to present a Refractometer kindly donated by to Bee Products Enterprise Development. We are grateful to them for their support.

Successful Beekeeping in Ghana

Video about our beekeeping course with Ashanti Development in Ghana

Bees Abroad have recently been partnering with Ashanti Development in the Ashanti region of Ghana to train members of this rural community in the skills and practice of beekeeping.  This is another great example of how Bees Abroad helps to relieve poverty.  Antonella Sinopoli has made a video based around the running of this course, which can be viewed at this link, and features some of the Bees Abroad project officers Brian Durk and Ashanti Development project managers  Dawn Williamson and Paul Bloch, as well as our brilliant training officer, Victor Ayeebo.  You can read more about the work of Ashanti Development at their website.

As an example of the impact projects such as this can have, here is a photo of John Partey, a beekeeper in Bimponso, near Twifo Praso in the Central Region of Ghana.  John recently told us that he has been able to fund sending his son Joseph firstly to Polytechnic and is now going to send him to University. All this from the honey produced from 17 colonies of bees.  John has been helped on his journey to successful and profitable beekeeping with support from Bees Abroad, through our Twifo Praso project.  John is pictured with Brian Durk and Caroline Luxford, one of our newest project managers.

Brian Durk, John Partey and Caroline Luxford in Bimponso

Bees v Elephants

John Home says biology can find solutions to the biggest problems – like stopping a six-tonne African elephant in its tracks.

bees and elephants

John wrote an article for the magazine “The Biologist”, and we are delighted that they’ve let us reproduce the article on our website.  Read more about the work of Dr Lucy King in Kenya, helping farmers protect their livelihoods from damage by elephants using beehives.

Follow this link to read the full article (in pdf format) – Bees v Elephants



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