Bees for Development

Partner organisations

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.



ApiTrade Africa is a regional network promoting African honey trade.  This new network arose from the African Honey Trade Workshops organised by Bees for Development (BfD) at Apimondia 2005 in Dublin, Ireland and in Kampala, Uganda in 2006.  ApiTrade Africa is now an officially constituted organisation with its own staff, based in offices near Kampala. Papers presented at the Honey Trade Workshops are in the Information Portal on this site.  More information at the ApiTrade Africa website.


The West African Beekeepers' Association is a regional group of beekeepers with whom we have co-operated on several projects and activities. BfD published the Proceedings of the First West African Bee Research Seminar held in 1991.


Tanzania - Njiro Wildlife Research Centre (NWRC)
Our partnership with NWRC began in 1992 with the Project Sustainable beekeeping for Africa implemented by BfD and funded by DFID, the UK Government Department for International Development. NWRC is the only institute in Tanzania with responsibility for research on bees.  NWRC co-operates with us in organising Beekeepers' Safaris and educational study tours for beekeepers.


Uganda - Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) is a trade promotion body under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry. UEPB's mandate is to facilitate development, diversification, promotion and co-ordination of export related activities that lead to export growth on a sustainable basis. UEPB's guiding policy is to mainstream poverty reduction into their work.


Uganda - The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) is a not-for-profit, private-sector member organisation. Their 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.


Ethiopia - we have links with the SOS-Sahel Beekeeping Project in Amhara region. This project is a leader in showing the benefits of collective marketing for beekeepers.


Cameroon - Lebialem Hunters Beekeeping Initiative. This project, co-ordinated by Juliet Wright, aims to help hunters replace hunting with beekeeping as a means to generate income.



Regional - In Asia, we enjoy strong links with the Asian Apicultural Association (AAA), 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. 


Further information about the Asian Apicultural Association PDF

9th Asian Apicultural Association Conference, 2008 PDF

Bees for Development Journal is proud to be the official Newsletter of AAA, and carries news of all AAA meetings and events.


India - Keystone Foundation


Keystone Foundation is an NGO in South India with whom we have co-operated on several activities in India, Nepal and beyond. Currently we are working together on the research project Bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which began in June 2006. This three year project is funded by the UK Government-funded Darwin Initiative, and we are studying the interdependencies between bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. More information

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


India - 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.


Vietnam - BfD 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.


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


Caribbean and the Americas


Regional - The Association of Caribbean Beekeepers' Organisations (ACBO) and BfD are working together on a number of initiatives including organisation of the Caribbean Apiculture Congresses. We has particularly strong links with beekeepers in Trinidad & Tobago, and St Vincent & The Grenadines. During 2003-2004 we provided research and training services to the research project on top-bar hives in Tobago.


Chile - Universidad Austral de Chile has been working to support the apiculture sector in Chile since 1959, principally through research, networking and rural development projects. The main challenges facing the sector in Chile are disease, and the contamination problems which result from the use of medicines in hives. Universidad Austral de Chile is working with Bees for Development Trust to help the community in the Futeleufu area start beekeeping again after the Chaiten volcano eruption destroyed their beehives.


Chile - Red Apicola




Within the UK our working partners include:


School of Development Studies
University of East Anglia (UEA)
We have been working in partnership with UEA in the delivery of the research project Bees, biodiversity and livelihoods in India.


Centre for Agri-Environmental Research
University of Reading


Centre for Development Studies
University of Swansea


Tropical Forest Products
Building on our long term partnership BfD is launching a new project with TFP in 2009. The aim is to increase and promote trade of bee products from Cameroon to the UK.


Bee Vital Propolis


Ragman's Lane Farm
With our partners at Ragman's Lane Farm we ran a new training course Sustainable Bee Keeping in May 2009. A new look at the relationship between honey bees and people.


Elsewhere in Europe

BfD has links with several government organisations and NGOs throughout Europe working in beekeeping development, and have co-operated on a range of projects. Our main European partners include:




Apiservices France


Bikonsult HB Sweden


NECTAR The Netherlands


The Danish Beekeepers Federation (DBF) Denmark