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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Trade and markets

It is essential that beekeepers have access to good and fair markets for their honey and beeswax.  To turn beekeeping into an enterprise that is both profitable and sustainable beekeepers need:

  • Market information – for example, who is buying? Where? And at what prices?
  • Access to markets that are within a reasonable distance
  • Fair terms of payment – people living in poverty need to be paid quickly and often reject credit arrangements – until a strong, trusting relationship is built
  • Advice about market expectations, for example concerning honey quality, types of containers, stage of processing.

Through our practical engagement with dozens of beekeeping enterprises throughout the development world, we have learned that the 'pull' of the market has a stronger and more sustainable impact on beekeepers than the 'push' of production. 

External evaluation of our long-standing honey trade work in Uganda recognised this understanding, “Bees for Development has to be given due credit for their leadership of a market-orientated approach in the beekeeping sector", External Evaluation by University of Reading, 2014

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