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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

A Symposium on Research in Beekeeping and Sustainable Development 28-29 March 2018

This two-day event, organised in co-operation with the University of Reading’s Global Development Division, brought together business owners, development practitioners and researchers to discuss the role of beekeeping in sustainable development. Speakers from Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Ghana, India, Kenya, Uganda and a range of UK institutions shared their research and practical experience from a wide range of projects from around the world. 


Dr Nicola Bradbear described how much had changed since the last Symposium in 2000.  Beekeeping has become an increasingly common component of development projects, and for good reason.  The practice allows communities to diversify their income and livelihoods with very little financial investment or risk. By simply managing a colony of bees, a beekeeper can harvest abundant nectar resources from natural habitats and crops, reaping the rewards with minimal effort.  The resulting products – honey and beeswax – are easy to store and transport and can fetch a high price, if marketed effectively.  Farmers in the area can also gain a number of additional benefits from the enhanced pollination of their crops.


Through a series of presentations, workshop sessions and informal events such as honey tasting, many of these topics were shared and discussed.  What are the best practices for beekeeping in development projects? How can products such as honey and beeswax be marketed to obtain the best value for developing countries? What role does beekeeping play in the pollination of smallholder farmers’ crops?


We thank Eva Crane Trust for contributing to the costs of this event.


For more details of presentations that were given at the symposium please follow the links below:


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