Nigeria is a challenging country in which to work, as conflict is a major problem. To overcome this, Bees Abroad has developed enduring relationships with local skilled beekeepers who act on behalf of the organisation. This has the advantage that new enquiries can be assessed swiftly, without reqiring a UK based Project manager travelling to Nigeria. This saves a great deal of time and expense and enables Bees Abroad to deliver a sustained quality service.
The Ijebu Ode Beekeepers project in South West Nigeria developed beekeeping training, trading and networking for a rural farming community. The group received a ‘Train the Trainers’ (TTT) programme and support from Bees Abroad to train 100 beekeepers in modern beekeeping methods. Tunde Adenola manages enquiries regionally for Bees Abroad.
The group is a founder member of the ‘Bees Abroad Beekeepers’ Network’, which links beekeepers, trainers, extension workers, NGOs and supporters across Nigeria. The network is particularly important in areas where there is no beekeeping training provision but a lot of interest in developing beekeeping as an income generating activity. The network, managed locally and from the UK, has grown from six to seventeen groups of beekeepers across Nigeria.