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Bees for Development Ethiopia

Bees for Development Ethiopia is an independent beekeeping organisation dedicated to serving and developing the beekeeping sector in Ethiopia


Feature article: Beekeeping training in Alehuay

Bees for Development Ethiopia is working with the community in Alehuay, helping to restore a large area of degraded hillside. As the site recovers through gully stablisation and treeplanting, the re-growing shrubs and herbs produce nectar and pollen. Beekeeping is the first productive and economic activity which can exploit these recovering natural resources in a way that enriches the area, and causes no damage. We are now working to provide beekeeping training to members of the local community giving them to means to support their lives, selling honey and beeswax, creating income for food, clothes and medicines.

Beekeeping in Ethiopia

Here at Bees for Development we promote beehives which are practical, profitable and affordable. We teach people how to make top-bar hives – a simple movable comb hive which makes harvesting easy. Ethiopia-style woven hives can be made at very low cost and they can be placed in forests to attract bees and are easy to colonise. We promote techniques which have been proven to work in practice, and meet the needs of small-scale farmers.

What we do

Our work

Bees for Development Ethiopia’s work is driven by three Strategic Objectives towards achieving our overall Goal to reduce poverty and unemployment and to protect nature and the environment. 

To achieve these Objectives we deliver a range of projects including the protection and creation of bee habitat, restoring degraded land, beekeeping skills training, honey and beeswax trade development and protecting bees from pesticides.  

Objective 1

Increased income of poor households, rural unemployed youth, people with disabilities and women, from beekeeping and wise use of natural resources. 

Objective 2

Improved perennial vegetation cover and biodiversity

Objective 3

Improved institutional systems and capacities for integrating natural resource management with beekeeping.