Bees for Development

Bees for Development

Bees for Development is an independent organisation founded in 1993. We are an information centre, research body and development partner working at the heart of an international network of people and organisations involved with apiculture in developing countries. 


Bees for Development Trust is our charity. The dedication and support of the Trust is essential to enable us to help beekeepers in developing countries. Find out about what we do.


Why is there a need for Bees for Development?
Beekeepers and honey bees are neglected in many parts of the world. Few developing countries have beekeeping institutions and extension services. Beekeeping is difficult to categorise, unlike mainstream agriculture, and is often overlooked as a marginal poor-persons activity, not worthy of investment and attention.   Bees for Development sees things differently. We recognise the immense value of beekeeping and we know that it is essential that honey bees are managed wisely and sustainably. We understand that neglecting apiculture poses risks to rural livelihoods, biodiversity and ecosystems. This is the impetus for our work.


"Our Vision

A world in which apiculture is recognised for its contribution to sustainable livelihoods, food security and biodiversity. Where policy and practice are designed to support beekeepers everywhere."


Bees for Development is unique

We take a global view of beekeeping, especially that carried out by poor and marginalised beekeepers in developing countries. This means we have unique insights into the trends and challenges of this neglected sector, and we can offer resources to build a valuable sharing and learning network for the beekeeping community.


Over the years we have built an exceptional resource-base of information, knowledge and experienced practitioners, making Bees for Development an international centre of excellence in sustainable apiculture.

Our team

Bees for Development is run by a team of experienced professionals operating out of offices in Monmouth, South Wales, UK.