Bees for Development

Building businesses from beekeeping

Honey and beeswax are the primary bee products which are in demand in large quantities in many different market scenarios. The demand for these products presents a clear opportunity for beekeepers to earn money from the sale of honey and beeswax.


It is common for beekeepers to sell small quantities of honey in village markets - sometimes selling by the spoonful. Others sell buckets of raw honey to beer brewers and this can provide a steady stream of income. There are many situations where small scale beekeepers could earn more from beekeeping - by accessing distant market which require larger volumes. But they are constrained by a number of challenges and difficulties.


Bees for Development has been engaged in a number of initiatives designed to help poor African beekeepers engage with wider markets and increase their income through this wholly sustainable environmentally positive activity.


Strengthening honey trade in Uganda

We have been working with partners in Uganda to strengthen supply chains for honey, making it possible for more small-scale beekeepers to access better market opportunities.

Our pilot Project, funded by Comic Relief was completed in 2008 and yielded valuable outcomes in terms of understanding the challenges of honey trade in Uganda. For more information click here

Following on from this successful Project, Comic Relief is funding a new four-year Project which started in March 2010. For more information click here.


Honey and livelihoods in Sudan

In 2008 we worked with our partners in Southern Sudan to increase our understanding of the importance of honey for rural livelihoods in post-war areas. This project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. For more information click here.


Honey and beeswax trade in Cameroon

EU regulations require food businesses to follow procedures based on Hazard Analyses and Critical Control Point (HACCP). Beekeepers in Cameroon have a potential buyer in Wales, however their honey supply chain does not meet the required HACCP standard, and the quality of their beeswax is reduced by harsh processing methods. Bees for Development are improving knowledge and application of HACCP principles within the target area and helping to design an improved honeycomb separator that will efficiently yield honey and beeswax of high quality. This project began in 2009 and has been funded by the Wales for Africa Fund of the Welsh Assembly Government.  


ApiTrade Africa  

Bees for Development is a member of the African honey trade network Apitrade Africa and has supported the development of this initiative in a number of ways. For more information click here.