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In nearly all countries of the world bees and their products are not only well known and have wide consumer preference, but provide sustainable livelihoods to many small-scale farmers and other rural and non-rural people. Bees offer a large potential with minimal investments. As an agricultural enterprise beekeeping does not require land ownership or rental, it can be started with equipment and tools that can be sourced locally and in many instances skills and knowledge required for such an enterprise are found within local traditions. As a business enterprise it offers not only diverse products, for example honey and wax among others, which can be sold in local markets and become an important source of regular income for farm families, but can also provide complementary services, such as crop pollination. Moreover bee products improve farm family nutrition and can provide for traditional health care remedies.



  1. 01/08/1984 Several types of hives and their construction will be described but it must always be kept in mind that availability of materials is of extreme importance. There are places where lumber is readily available at reasonable prices and, certainly, if it is termite-proof or termite-proofed it is the...
  2. This is a practical book, designed both for small-scale beekeepers and for those engaged in the honey industry, to explain the principles that can be applied to determine a honey's origin. Such investigations involve the microscopic examination of pollen and other particles in a honey which...
  3. 29/11/2016 The first simple step toward protecting our pollinators is to provide the flowers they need, using no pesticides. With abundant native wildflowers, your task is even simpler: don't mow them down! This field guide identifies the plants that honey bees and native bees- as well as butterflies,...
  4. 31/08/2012 Beekeepers continue to face tremendous challenges, from pests, diseases, pollution, climate change, and, in recent years, from the mysterious and devastating phenomenon knows as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, top-bar hives are being used to...
  5. 13/09/2019 Pragmatic and whimsical, Dancing with Bees is the provocative memoir of one wildlife gardener rekindling her relationship with nature by getting to know some extraordinary, magical, little beings. Brigit Strawbridge Howard was shocked the day she realised she knew more about the French Revolution...
  6. 14/02/2019 Session: This workshop seeks to draw together people involved in or interested in top-bar beekeeping. Drawing from our experience of starting beekeeper groups in rural villages in the Mwanza region, we will discuss challenges faced, lessons learned and also the potential for the future of...
  7. Phil Chandler - the Barefoot Beekeeper has some videos on building and maintaining top bar hives.
  8. Abstract, 2018, Journal of Economic Entomology Numerous papers have shown that propolis contributes favorably to worker honey bee (Apis melliferaL.) immune response and colony social immunity. Moreover, resin-foraging specialists are more sensitive than pollen foragers to tactile information in...
  9. 14/07/2015 In northern Thailand, widespread mono-cropping has led to environmental changes which have affected the natural habitat of bees, resulting in diminishing numbers and reduced honey production. As ECHO Asia already has a variety of different flower species, trialing honey production seemed like a...
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  11. 02/03/2016 Session: The presentation details how African Beekeepers can use The Hive Business Model to build and sustain profitable beekeeping businesses using The Hive Beekeepers Starter Kit comprising of the CAB Hive uniquely made to meet the demands of the African bee and how this model completes the...
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  13. 28/10/2014 Benefits of Beekeeping 1. Bees pollinate crops hence boosting crop yields and household incomes. 2. Honey and other products generate income. People everywhere like honey. Beekeeping is an ideal small scale income generating activity, and there is a ready market for products, both locally and...
  14. 26/03/2015 Apiculture, the scientific management of bees in special enclosures in order to increase yield of hive products and gain pollination benefit, has a great future in Ghana if it is properly harnessed. Traditional method of honey production which is common in many parts of Ghana especially the...
  15. Founded in 1993,Bees for Developmentwas the first organisation to articulate the reasons why beekeeping is such a useful tool for alleviating poverty while helping to retain biodiversity. We focus on simple methods of sustainable beekeeping, always using local bees and local materials. We have...
  16. Determining the Impacts of Pesticide and Nutrition-Induced Stress on Honey Bee Colony Growth and Survival Understanding Honey Bee Microbiota to Improve Bee Nutrition and Colony Health
  17. 01/01/2016 Apis mellifera, or European Honey Bee is only able to take food from250-300 plants in any given location, Grenada is no different. Thismanual is to help with plant identification, advice on planningpropagation and if the plant is a nectar, pollen, or propolis bearing. Megan Wannarka served in...
  18. 01/03/2000 Beekeeping provides rural people in developing countries with sources of income and nutrition. It is a sustainable form of agriculture, which isbeneficial to the environment and provides economic reasons for theretention of native habitats and potentially both increased yield from food and...
  19. Ressource principale 01/01/1982 This is a manual for getting started with small scale beekeeping development projects. The intention is to provide an overview of beekeeping and its possibilities as a tool for development. No attempt is made to duplicate technical information given in other readily available resources on...
  20. Ressource principale 20/01/2005 Keeping bees can be an interesting hobby or a source of income. This booklet provides information on keeping honey bees, Apis mellifera. It discusses the composition and daily life of a colony, the main principles of bee-keeping, the equipment required and the collection of honey and pollen. In...
  21. 01/01/1976 An early how-to book on beekeeping.
  22. APISERVICES - Prestataire au service de l’ensemble de la filière apicole mondiale depuis plus de 30 ans ! Plus de 200 missions dans 131 pays en trente années d'activités ! Website in English, French, Spanish, German
  23. AccessAgriculture Video Traditionnellement, le miel était vendu en rayons, mais de nos jours, la plupart des consommateurs préfèrent le miel extrait des rayons. Ce miel transformé est propre, prêt à la consommation et peut être conservé plus longtemps. Pour vous assurer que le miel maintienne sa...
  24. 19/05/1982 It is possible that the water repellent just described would be especially helpful for treating wood that is to be used in constructing bee hives. But be careful if you add toxic chemicals to turn it into a water-repellent preservative.
  25. 14/02/2019 Session: Pollinators are a key component of global biodiversity, providing vital ecosystem services to crops and wild plants. There is clear evidence of recent declines in both wild and domesticated pollinators, and parallel declines in the plants that rely upon them. Here we describe the nature...
  26. This beekeeping dictionary contains terms frequently used by beekeepers and melittologists. The words are taken from various disciplines including beekeeping, entomology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and botany. Use the comment section below if you would like to add another word.
  27. Beekeeping or apiculture is a long practiced activity in many parts of the world. Bees are a vital part of the ecosystem - one third of the food we eat would not be available were it not for bees' pollination activities. Beekeeping is often done with very simple equipment. Approaches vary in...
  28. The Kenyan Top Bar Hive isn’t mobile. So, this hive is of little interest to commercial beekeepers renting out their bees for pollination. But, the KTBH is an extremely popular design among commercial beekeepers exclusively engaged in honey production as well as with amateur beekeepers interested...
  29. Welcome to the Honey Bee Research Centre's online beekeeping video series! Our goal was to provide new and advanced beekeepers with demonstrations by our staff on a variety of topics ranging from how to open a hive to queen rearing.