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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Why Local Style Beehives Are Best Course June 2020 - Jinja, Uganda


10 - 11 June 2020 Jinja, Uganda

A Bees for development event

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An international training course in Jinja, Uganda in sustainable beekeeping for pro-poor development in Africa, by Bees for Development and TUNADO.

Join us for a 2-day theoretical course in Jinja, Uganda, with a half day field trip to meet a local beekeeper to learn why local style hives and simple beekeeping techniques should be integrated into your beekeeping projects, the benefits it will bring to your beneficiaries, and how to do it.


Is this course for you?

  • Are you about to start or have just started to manage a new beekeeping project in Africa?

  • Have you ever been told that beekeeping in Africa needs to be "modernised"?

  • Have you ever wondered why donated beehives are often empty?

  • Are your existing project beneficiaries also beekeepers and asking for further support?

  • Are you considering a "hive-financing" scheme for your project, but are struggling to find examples where they have been sucessfully implemented?

If your organisation can answer yes to any of the above questions, then this course is for you.


This course is designed for Government workers, NGO/charity project managers and field extension workers who run beekeeping projects or are developing a project to run in Africa, or for anyone who has an interested in African beekeeping projects.


In recent years we have seen a steady rise in the number of organisations promoting beekeeping as a tool for development. Companies across Africa are now meeting this surge in demand, with attractive package deals of ‘modern’ equipment to help NGOs take their beneficiaries from novices to successful beekeepers over unrealistically short time periods. More often than not, these systems come at a price, and usually it is the beekeeper who ends up paying the most. Join us as we explore in detail how ‘modern’ beekeeping can bring ‘modern’ problems.

There are millions of small-scale beekeepers in Africa – and in most regions of Africa, these beekeepers have developed simple yet sustainable beekeeping methods that work without the need to ‘modernise’.


Bees for Development and The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation have a combined 40 years of experience in managing beekeeping projects in developing countries across Africa. This course will give you the opportunity to learn from experienced development practitioners and programme managers.


Topics include:

1. What is pro-poor appropriate beekeeping technology?

2. Small-scale vs. commercial beekeeping systems – Which is best for honey bees?

3. Addressing the quality question; What is good quality honey?

4. How to make a bamboo hive from start to finish*

5. Visit a local style beekeeper, learn from their successes and challenges*

6. Beekeeping as a business: A look at the economics of local-style beekeeping - risks, inputs, labour, profit.

7. Value addition, simple and effective means of adding value to bee products.

8. Beekeeping project Management: How a local or international NGO can deliver a beekeeping development project that is sustainable, pro-poor and changes lives.


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Field trip

All topics marked with a (*) will be taught during our planned field trip to visit a local style beekeeper from Jinja. A packed lunch will be provided on this day.


Course cost

The cost of this course is $350.00 USD (£325.00 GBP). The cost includes: Lunch during the field trip, tea/coffee/water, transport to and from the field site from Jinja, and printed course materials. Slides and information will be provided on a flash drive. The cost does not include participant accommodation, or transport or transfer to Jinja.



Participants will need to organise their own accommodation in Jinja. It is recommended to arrive the evening before so that we can start promptly the next morning. Jinja has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Tripadvisor is a good place to begin your search.



Participants will need to arrange their own transport to and from Jinja, and to the conference centre/hotel from their accommodation during their stay. Only the transport (bus) for the field trip is included in the course cost.


Venue and location

The event will take place in Jinja, Uganda. Participants will be emailed 30 days prior to the event with a confirmed venue. The venue will be a hotel/conference centre in or close to Jinja town


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