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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Our Network

Bees for Development is a friendly and open organisation, interested to co-operate with other groups and individuals who share our belief that apiculture provides an excellent way to achieve truly sustainable development. We have working links with organisations in many countries.


Partner Organisations Network Members


  • Africa

  • Ethiopia

  • Bees for Development Ethiopia

    We are a relatively new NGO, established in 2014 and registered in Ethiopia. We specialise in appropriate beekeeping methods for community development. We deliver training, plant bee trees and support youth groups to develop beekeeping businesses. We enjoy a close working partnership with Bees for Development and share their values and principles - always placing sustainability at the heart of our work. 

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  • Uganda

  • KABECOS

    Kamwenge Beekeepers Cooperative Society, KABECOS. We are a community-based honey trading company. Our aim is to ensure that beekeepers in the rural district of Kamwenge in Uganda have reliable and fair access to a market for their honey and beeswax. Each year we trade in about 15 tonnes of honey which we supply to outlets through Uganda. 

  • TUNADO

    The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) is a not-for-profit, private-sector member organisation. Our vision is to transform the apiculture industry into a vibrant economic enterprise that will contribute to increased income for both rural communities and the nation. TUNADO serves the interests of members through the provision of information and advice, and by playing a liaison role. We have a long-standing working relationship with Bees for Development who have recently hosted two of our staff under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Scheme, as part of our organisation's professional development.

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  • Asia

  • Japan

  • Asian Apicultural Association (AAA)

    The Asian Apicultural Association (AAA) is based at Tamagawa University, Japan. AAA was established in 1992 to form a network and encourage exchange of information between beekeepers and bee scientists in Asia. The network is intended to benefit developing countries of Asia. A conference is held every two years.

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  • Caribbean

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • The Association of Caribbean Beekeepers' Organisations (ACBO)

    ACBO The Association of Caribbean Beekeeping Associations

    At a meeting of Caribbean beekeepers in Jamaica on 18th September 2002, during the Third Caribbean Beekeeping Congress, ACBO was established. Thereafter, two resolutions were unanimously passed, the first established ACBO as the recognised body representing Caribbean beekeepers. The second established an expanded Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Antigua, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands , Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis and Tobago, to guide the activities of ACBO based on approved documents outlining its goal, objectives, structure and work programme.

    We have a long-standing working relationship with Bees for Development who have provided us with steadfast encouragement and support ever since our establishment. We cooperate to deliver an excellent series of Caribbean Beekeeping Congresses.

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Network Member Organisations Partners


  • Africa

  • ApiTrade Africa

    A regional network working to increase African honey and beeswax trade.

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  • Cameroon

  • Apiculture and Nature Conservation Organisation

    We work with ANCO to help train families in beekeeping with the dual overall aim of increasing household income and creating a direct financial benefit from forest conservation.

  • Guiding Hope

    Guiding Hope - Guide de l'espoir.

    In the Adamaoua and Northwest provinces of Cameroon, rural activities, and honey production in particular, form the backbone of the economy. Beekeepers, however, have traditionally remained disadvantaged due to a lack of information and networks, and a disorganized, underdeveloped sector. Guiding Hope works to change this by serving as a link between producers and markets.

    We promote increases in the quality of the quality of the honey itself, encouraging the production of valuable by-products, and developing local, national, and international markets for the ethical trade of our products.

    We worked with Bees for Development during 2009-2011, on our Africa-Wales honey and beeswax trade project.

  • Lebialem Hunters Beekeeping Initiative

    We aim to help hunters in Cameroon replace hunting with beekeeping as a means to generate income. We have four objectives:

    • Train bushmeat hunters in beekeeping and supply them with the necessary equipment
      and technical support.
    • Establish beekeeper cooperatives in each community and a beekeeping association in Lebialem to form an organised network of producers that can collectively market honey and beeswax to obtain a fair price.
    • Implement a conservation education programme using films to explain to communities why emphasis is placed on reducing reliance on bushmeat and why the hunting of threatened species is discouraged.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of beekeeping as a bushmeat mitigation strategy and monitor the impacts on standards of living.

  • Tanzania

  • Njiro Wildlife Research Centre

    We are a long term Partner of Bees for Development. In 1992 we implemented the Project Sustainable beekeeping for Africa, a project funded by the UK Government Department for International Development. NWRC is the only institute in Tanzania with responsibility for research on bees. We are based in Arusha and offer training and advice on sustainable beekeeping in Tanzania.

  • Asia

  • India

  • Keystone Foundation

    Keystone Foundation is an NGO in South India.

    We have completed more than 20 years in the Nilgiris, working with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. The Foundation’s work has been concentrated in the areas of apiculture, micro-enterprise development, non-timber forest produce, land & water management, revival of traditional agriculture and other issues concerning indigenous communities.

    We worked with Bees for Development on the the research project Bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which began in June 2006. We studied the interdependencies between bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats, India. The work was funded by The Darwin Initiative of the UK Government.

    Keystone Foundation were selected as one of 12 finalists in a World challenge for small businesses by BBC & Newsweek.

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  • The Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Bangalore

    The Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Bangalore is a Government Department in India with which we co-operated in organising our Beekeepers' Safaris in 1999 and 2000.

  • Nepal

  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

    ICIMOD the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is working on a regional project for the conservation of indigenous honey bee species. Bees for Development and Keystone have provided consultancy services to the Project and Project News has been reported in BfD Journal.

  • Vietnam

  • The Bee Research and Development Centre, Hanoi

    Bees for Development has close ties with The Bee Research and Development Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. For example, we have raised sponsorship for people from the Centre to participate in meetings, and have arranged exchange visits between our partners in India and Vietnam. The Centre translates Bees for Development Journal into Vietnamese.

  • Europe

  • Denmark

  • The Danish Beekeepers Federation (DBF)

  • France

  • Apiservices France

  • Italy

  • APIMONDIA Italy

  • Netherlands

  • NECTAR

  • United Kingdom

  • Bee Vital Propolis

    We are a company specialising in bee products and we have led a renaissance of interest in propolis as a modern day medicine. We are always interested to explore more about the different properties of propolis from around the world.

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  • Centre for Agri-Environmental Research - University of Reading

  • Ragman's Lane Farm

    Ragman's Lane Farm is a 60 acre organic farm in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. We use farming practices that regenerate the land, using permaculture as a guiding design principle. We run courses educating and employing people to work the land sustainably.

    We are delighted that Bees for Development have chosen us as their venue to deliver their unique training course in Sustainable Beekeeping which takes a new look at the relationship between honey bees and people. These weekend courses have been running twice a year since 2009.

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  • School of Development Studies - University of East Anglia

    We have been working in partnership with UEA in the delivery of the research project Bees, biodiversity and livelihoods in India.

  • Tropical Forest Products

    Building on our long term partnership of Bees for Development launched a new project with TFP in 2009. The aim was to increase and promote trade of bee products from Cameroon to the UK.

BfD Partner organisations - if we have somehow failed to mention you here - please do let us know!

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