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Bees for Development assists beekeepers living in poor and remote areas of the world - lifting them out of poverty through beekeeping. We work with individuals, trainers, community groups and associations, raising the profile of apiculture in developing countries to ensure a sustainable future for bees, people and the environment.

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Our Values

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We believe livelihoods are sustainable when people have the means to take advantage of available resources and have the resilience to overcome difficulties. We value and respect local skills, recognising that local people have developed a relationship and understanding of their environment. We believe self-reliance and empowerment can be enhanced through access to knowledge and information.


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Big Give Christmas Challenge

Thank you for all your generous donations! Your help will support African women in rural areas who frequently lack independent means of earning money, despite heavy domestic and farming workloads. Training them in beekeeping allows them to generate income and become self-reliant.

APIMONDIA International Apicultural Congress

This year the Congress presented a fantastic opportunity for networking and catching up with our colleagues, supporters and partners. Professor Tom Seeley, the eminent honey bee ecologist from Cornell University, and Patron of BfD Trust spoke in The Scientific Commission for Beekeeping and Rural Development.

Most Celebrated Bee Tree at Pedu Lake Debarked to Die

The famous bee tree at Pedu Lake, Malaysia is in danger.  BFD has got news that this famous and fabulous tree has been debarked.  Unfortunately this means that the tree will now almost certainly die. Read the full story


Role of beekeeping in climate change mitigation

Tanzania set to create bee reserves to protect beekeeping livelihoods and tackle climate change. Read about it here.

September 2013

Sustainable beekeeping in Africa
Practical beekeeping - hygiene in colony management
Practical beekeeping -straight top-bar combs
Warré People's Hive
Beekeeping economics in Uganda
South East Asia beekeeping project
News around the World
Tom Seeley at Apimondia
Look and Learn Ahead
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