If you belong to a local community group, would you like to learn beekeeping skills? Keeping honey bees and producing honey can help reduce poverty. Are you keen to use sustainable and affordable technology such as top bar hives and local bees? If so, why not contact us and see if we can help you with project support.
This page is for representatives of communities looking for help to start, or expand beekeeping activities
Many people can gain from bee farming. Women farmers are often the poorest people in any area. The income from one beehive can provide enough money to pay for a child’s primary education. Honey can be a valuable and popular addition to the family diet. Traditionally, honey, beeswax and propolis are recognised for their medicinal properties.
Young, unemployed men with little or no role in society often turn to alcohol which is costly and disruptive. Some leave the rural community to seek work in towns often leading to rural depopulation and slum urban development. Bee farming can give young men an acceptable way of life and an income based in the local community. This keeps families intact, and provides a skill that can be passed from father to children.
Traditional bee farmers and honey hunters can earn more money from improved honey yield and adopting more productive beekeeping methods. Bees Abroad can provide training in effective honey harvesting techniques and management of bees.
Bee farmers can get better prices for good quality honey. We can provide access to training in management and marketing skills.
Local farmers can benefit from increased harvest due to improved pollination from good beekeeping practice and less destructive harvesting.
Criteria for Beekeeping Project Support
Bees Abroad provides support for the relief of poverty. Projects must be sustainable, and not dependent on constant financial input from outside of the area or on one person’s input.
Projects must promote the use of sustainable and affordable technology. We do not support projects that use inappropriate, costly beehive technology or unsuitable, or imported, species of honey bee.
Bees Abroad supports groups who are legally registered by the laws of the recipient country. We do not support individuals.
We do not provide money to fund projects. Training and project support is given to build skills. These can be used to set up and maintain sustainable beekeeping businesses within a community.
We have a number of beekeeping manuals available for download.
How to apply
The project support form needs to be completed in a single session, so you may wish to download Word version of the application form.
For help before completing the form please email our administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you may prefer to write to our administrator Veronica Brown at PO Box 2058, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 9AF.