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The specialist international beekeeping organisation


Apiculture for forest conservation and livelihood improvement in Kilum-Ijim forest 2016-2018

We worked with local partner Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW), supporting forest-fringe communities to keep bees for income generation. The overall purpose was to alleviate poverty and to help make conservation pay - by demonstrating the financial benefits of sustainable forest management.


Project activities

  • Teaching beehive construction, apiary set-up and maintenance and honey harvesting
  • Tree-planting
  • Exchange visits between new beekeepers and more experienced beekeepers to share learning and experiences
  • Establishment and capacity building for community-based beekeeper cooperatives
  • Advice and training about honey marketing
  • Support for CAMGEW's Honey Shop and marketing hub, serving local beekeepers


 In Kilim-Ijim local craftspeople are skilled in making good quality, inexpensive hives.

 This work was funded with support from Hub Cymru Africa, Welsh Government and Size of Wales.



Bees and trees in Nkor, forest conservation aided by beekeeping in north west Cameroon 2013-2015

Along with Apiculture and Nature Conservation Organisation (ANCO), we supported the Nkor community to develop sustainable beekeeping as a forest-friendly addition to their livelihoods.

The objective of this Project was to build a strong financial incentive for local people to conserve forests and to increase incomes for the forest communities.

With support from the forest conservation campaign Size of Wales we:

  • trained women and men in low-cost, profitable beekeeping
  • established tree nurseries
  • created firebreaks to protect forest-located apiaries and nearby forest.



The target beekeepers made over 400 beehives and located them in the village forest area. Support comprised of a formal training event followed by monitoring and follow-up visits. These visits enabled beekeepers to share their problems and gain advice. Some beekeepers did not construct strong enough hive stands and as the colonies began to store honey, some stands collapsed! This problem was corrected.

By December 2015 colonisation of the hives through natural swarming had reached 78%. The Project also helped the local community protect their village forest area through making firebreaks and to raise and plant 5,000 indigenous tree species.

The Project leader said "I am most impressed by the dedication shown by the women trainees. They work harder than the men".


This January 2015 video introduces the Bees and Trees Project in Nkor, Cameroon. Bees for Development worked with Apiculture and the Nature Conservation Organisation (ANCO) to integrate beekeeping for income with forest conservation efforts for all around benefit.


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