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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Livelihoods and biodiversity

All our work is driven by two overarching goals:

  • Promoting sustainable beekeeping to combat poverty and to build resilient livelihoods
  • Conserving and maintaining the environment for people and for bees.

Beekeeping is an economic activity accessible to, and beneficial for, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. Selling honey can bring much needed income into the family – at little initial cost. And yet beekeeping does not harm the environment; indeed it sustains it. As the natural world is increasingly exploited and damaged in the pursuit of economic development, the urgency for sustainable development that supports environmental well-being is ever more essential. It is this understanding which drives our work.

Stephen Walimbe, Uganda, explains, "I was taught how to make beehives from local materials. Honey bees occupied the beehives by themselves – they cost me nothing. The bees feed on my trees and give me honey. I have invested little and gaining much. Now my neighbours want to copy me. Now I will plant more trees. Trees give me honey today and timber in the future."

To achieve our goals we have five objectives:

Skills for life
We deliver practical training in beekeeping, honey and beeswax harvesting and marketing of products. These skills lead directly to new income for small-scale farming families.

Markets and trade 
We help poor people to access markets, to negotiate fair deals, and to engage with beneficial trade.

Policy change 
We help to facilitate change to underlying problems such as misuse of agrochemicals, or disadvantageous land rights, that harm bees and hinder beekeepers in their endeavours to earn a living.

Information and publications 
Knowledge is power – which is why we provide information and training resources to beekeepers all over the world.

Network and community 
We connect people so that they can share experiences. Our support for regional associations enables beekeepers to have a voice and representation.


Loss of forest and biodiversity is irreversible. Beekeeping offers a win-win solution to the dual problems of poverty and environmental degradation. Beekeeping helps makes conservation profitable and feasible for local people. 

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Bees for Development Trust is the working title of The Troy Trust, Registered Charity 1078803
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