About BA

Grassroots Organisation, Global Ambition

What We Do

Founded by four enthusiastic beekeepers in 1999, Bees Abroad works directly with communities and in-country partners to mentor and train in local beekeeping best practices, business skills, and protecting the environment.

All our projects are based on three pillars to ensure we achieve our mission and drive impact

Creating Opportunities

CREATING GRASS-ROOTS SOCIETAL CHANGE

“Women make excellent beekeepers but historically in Africa it’s been a male domain. Things are changing and Bees Abroad has been a pioneer in Women’s Beekeeping”. – Adebisi Adenuki New , Bees Abroad Trustee, Advocate for Women’s Beekeeping After struggling to provide for her three children, Afuape Fadilat Abosede joined the Abotokio Slow Food Beekeeping Community Women’s Group. Here she attended Bees Abroad training learning about beekeeping. This led her to start her own business as a honey producer, creating products such as beeswax creams and soaps. The money she raises is being used to expand the business and pay her children’s school fees.

Generating Income

BUSINESS CREATION AND ACCESS TO MARKET

Merioth in Kenya, who after training with the Nairobi Beekeeping Institute set up a honey business, Nomo, that sells honey, hive products and beekeeping equipment. Through her own consultancy service, she is training beekeepers in local practices. Increasing her monthly income from £160 to £400.

Protecting The Environment

PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION

North of Accra (Eastern Ghana) has little forest, access to land, and land that has been degraded. The Suhum Amanhyia Beekeepers have maintained high colonisation in their apiary. Harvesting over 7 kg of honey in their first harvest. As harvests increase, so will their ability to sell honey in much larger quantities.

By working with, investing in, and collaborating with local communities, people and environments, we ensure our projects have a sustainable and lasting impact.

Why Beekeeping?

Beekeeping is a sustainable, cost-effective, and ecologically friendly way for communities to generate an income and a food source, and to build and grow a business.

There is a significant opportunity to increase honey production in the countries we work in. Demand for honey exceeds supply and conditions are often well suited to beekeeping.

Kenya is reported to produce only 14.6% of its potential honey production levels and Tanzania only 13.8%. ¹

This can be linked to a lack of policies, investment, training and knowledge.

 

Our projects offer the opportunity to not only increase honey production in communities but to do so sustainably using local beekeeping practices and knowledge.

We have seen first-hand the diverse impact beekeeping has. Working with a strong network of in-country partners, communities receive training, support, and guidance in building and inspecting hives, locally sourcing equipment, harvesting and processing honey and setting up micro-businesses.

Bees Abroad Approach

Our approach and our projects are shaped around 6 key values, which underpin everything we do.

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INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE

Bees Abroad works with rural communities where beekeeping skills and knowledge aren’t easily accessible.

COLLABORATIVE

Bees Abroad is committed to community-led development and bringing communities together.

TAILORED

Bees Abroad projects are unique in that each project is designed and implemented directly with and by the community.

SELF-SUSTAINING

Each Bees Abroad project is led by the community and grows from within.

EMPOWERING

To Bees Abroad, empowerment goes beyond our projects and participant involvement. It refers to the lasting impact our work has.

SUSTAINABLE

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do.

The Need

Uganda is ranked

3rd

in the world as the country with the highest economic dependency rate (99.5%)

Extreme poverty is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa, with about

40%

of the region’s people living on less than $1.90 a day ²

Over

65%

of Tanzanians live in rural areas and depend on agriculture to survive.

This can be attributed to multiple barriers to economic independence, including high youth unemployment which is 83% for people 15-24 years old.

With parents unable to pay for school fees, over 33.8million children/19% of children are out of school. ³ Without an education children grow up struggling to provide for their own children – generating a cycle of challenges.

However, many communities have learnt Beekeeping without the support or guidance needed to build sustainable beekeeping communities that are locally appropriate. Without this guidance beekeepers will be working hard and getting poor harvests in return..

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BEES ABROAD
THE KEEPERS
SYMN LANE
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GL12 7BD, UK

Telephone: (+44) 07942 815753
INFO@BEESABROAD.ORG.UK

Inclusive and Accessible

Bees Abroad works with rural communities where beekeeping skills and knowledge aren’t easily accessible. This way we ensure marginalised individuals, communities facing hardship, or those living in hard-to-reach communities can benefit from beekeeping training.

Collaborative

To Bees Abroad, empowerment goes beyond our projects and participant involvement. It refers to the lasting impact our work has. Giving communities the skills and expertise to own their projects and take action that makes social, economic, and environmental change. It is the process of giving individuals and communities the control to earn a sustainable income through beekeeping.

Tailored

Bees Abroad projects are unique in that each project is designed and implemented directly with and by the community. We don’t approach communities with solutions. Together with our in-country partners, and community members we identify and assess challenges faced, and then collaboratively design sustainable projects that address these needs.

Self-sustaining

Each Bees Abroad project is led by the community and grows from within. Once communities gain the skills and experience, they are able to replicate projects, sharing knowledge around beekeeping, business creation, and protecting the environment. The success keeps building and expanding from community to community and generation to generation.

Empowering

Bees Abroad is committed to community-led development and bringing communities together. We understand the importance of collaboration to make a long-lasting impact. This is why we have developed strong relationships with in-country NGOs, organisations, and communities, who help to drive our beekeeping projects to ensure all projects are local and community-driven to make a lasting impact.

Sustainable

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Our work, projects, values, and impact are all shaped under three key pillars of sustainability – Social, Economic, and Environmental. We ensure projects can be managed locally after project completion, are suited to the local climate and using local materials to make equipment, and knowledge can be shared and replicated.