Impact Studies and Publications

Beekeeping has the power to change lives. 

We asked the Rwenzori Rural Talent group in Uganda what impact they hope for: 

  • Increased household income
  • bees shall become our great friends
  • our children studying in good schools
  • building good houses
  • having good health  
  • changing the world to a better place

Laikipia County is a ‘hardship area’ of Kenya, where around 49% of people live in poverty. The Bees Abroad project, entitled ‘The Bee Products Enterprise Development Project’ involves over one thousand beekeepers who have either been trained or have increased their skills.

The Bees Abroad project, entitled ‘The Bee Products Enterprise Development Project’ involves over one thousand beekeepers who have either been trained or have increased their skills.

Bees Abroad shares its skills by:

  • training women and men how to look after bees, how to extract high-quality honey, and make other hive products
  •  teaching marketing and selling skills to make products for profit
  • advising on how to improve the quality and quantity of the crop yields through improved pollination by the bees

The project ensures that women and men take an equal share in the activities and profits from the project. Special care was taken to include very vulnerable households.

We engage with project participants to set their own measurement of success and work together to measure impact over the life-time of the project. We presented a paper at Apimondia, the bi-annual international beekeeping conference, held in Montreal, Canada where we described a study which was designed to test an approach to establishing participant-led outcomes for beekeeping projects

In 2010, Bees Abroad was approached by the Chief of Ote Village – a remote and inaccessible village in Akwaya, in the rainforest area of South West Cameroon. His vision was to find ways for the local communities to diversify their incomes and improve their well-being; particularly to help the children to get more food.

The area is very deprived, mortality is high, and malnutrition among the village children is rife.

The area is home to many young mothers who are desperately disadvantaged. Girls can be married by 11 years; women are pregnant for most of their childbearing years. Upon marriage, girls join their husband’s village and family. If their husband dies or takes a second wife, they are often banished, disinherited, landless and homeless.

Honey bees are excellent generalist pollinators. Their presence increases crop yields of rural subsistence farmers which can have a greater impact than income from the sale of honey.