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International Development

In sub Saharan Africa many people live in poverty. Conditions are often particularly difficult in rural districts. In these parts of the world, beekeeping is a vital seasonal activity, where honey and other bee-related products are significant sources of food and income in poor communities. Development initiatives aimed at poverty alleviation recognise the enormous potential that African apiculture offers in terms of income generation and socio-economic growth. Furthermore, as pollinators, bees also play a crucial role in the sustainability of an untold array of vulnerable ecosystems. Research into the biology of unique African bee species is thus of key relevance to the conservation of global biodiversity.

The National Bee Unit has been involved in overseas projects that expand the income-generating potential of apiculture, to combat poverty in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

To find out information about work done in sub Saharan Africa, please follow the 'NBU Apiculture Overseas' or if you require our Beekeeping manuals for developing countries, follow our 'Beekeeping Manuals for Developing Countries'.