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Helping alleviate poverty


10p from every product we sell is donated to 'Bees for Development'

We are proud to support Bees for Development ( a UK registered charity that supports developing countries alleviate poverty through bee keeping. The team in Monmouth is lead by Dr Nicola Bradbear one of the worlds foremost authorities in Apiculture.

Beekeeping helps the poorest and most isolated communities. Beekeepers may be landless, but their bees make use of all the plants growing nearby for their harvest. Their bees pollinate local crops, and increase yields for farmers. In countries where the poorest cannot afford to send their children to school, the income from honey and beeswax can make all the difference in access to school and healthcare. Bees are increasingly recognised for the vital role they play in biodiversity.
Bees for Development promotes sustainable beekeeping using local bees and appropriate techniques. This ensures that beekeeping remains a low-cost undertaking, for which the materials are affordable and easily available locally, and only the skills need to be learnt. It is debt-free. The skills can be learnt by anyone: beekeeping is increasingly taken up by women’s groups to increase yield in their fruit and vegetables, and for whom honey, beeswax and candles provide vital income for their families. BfD supplies resources for beekeeping training, and acts as an information hub for beekeepers in countries with no national association or governmental help.
BfD’s work is carried out by international partners in a network created over twenty five years. The network is unique in the world of apiculture and the information resource that it represents is unparalleled. Their practice of always working through local people make BfD stand out from other international beekeeping organisations.

Two stories illustrate the effectiveness of their network. In the first, a young West Indian man wrote to BfD asking for support and advice in setting himself up as a beekeeper. He became a member of the BfD network, received training through BfD schemes, and received the BfD Journal regularly with information and advice on sustainable beekeeping. Now, some years later, this beekeeper – Gladstone Solomon – is the President of the Tobago Apicultural Society, a leading authority on West Indian bees and honey trade, and has become a trustee of the Bees for Development Trust.

The second story demonstrates the commercial potential of beekeeping. The director of one of the largest teak forestry businesses in southern Africa contacted BfD for help in establishing a honey business to provide local people with income and incentive to conserve the local forests. BfD advised on appropriate beekeeping techniques, market creation, sustainability, and incentivisation; and put them in touch with a local Zambian beekeeping project who could provide direct support. Impetus and action remained local, and the opportunity was created for a community business based in many thousand hectares of sustainably managed forest.

Every week BfD receives over 100 requests for help with beekeeping enterprises all over the world. Every time they can respond with informed support, gathered and disseminated through their international network of beekeepers, they offer a route out of poverty for people who might otherwise have nothing. Beekeeping contributes to the social and economic resilience of people in even the poorest communities, and brings recognition of the benefits of biodiversity and nature conservation to all.

You can become a supporter of the charity for only £25 per year for an individual by visiting



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