Bring Back the Bees

Beekeeping Group, Rumphi, Malawi

“My group and I know the importance of honey in our daily lives. Honey can be sold to generate an income. It also acts as a source of food, has medicinal values, and we can use the wax to make candles.” Said Gondwe, Rumphi District.

“The Vanishing of the Bees.”

As the ‘buzz’ (bad pun – sorry!) in the news has highlighted recently, bees are vital to our food security. The documentary “The Vanishing of the Bees” stated that 80% of all fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, herbs and flowers rely on the bee – meaning that they play a role in one in every three mouthfuls of food we eat. The decline of the bee has therefore triggered alarm that our food supply could be in jeopardy.

And, ironically, fingers have pointed at intensive farming as the main culprit for the decline in the bee populations. The modernising of farming included extensive monoculture. The pesticides needed to keep monoculture going are thought to be having unexpected negative effects on honey bees. In addition to this the land clearance associated with intensive farming has destroyed much of the natural habitat of wild pollinators.

Bees in rural India and Malawi

Beekeeping, Uttarakhand, India

“We know very well that bees not only act as a source of income but also sustain the forest. You find that where bee hives are hung and bees have colonized people do not cut down the trees.” Said Gondwe.

Our partners in India and Malawi are providing people in rural areas with training and equipment so that they can start beekeeping. As Said highlights, this often runs in parallel to important conservation and reforestation efforts – restoring the natural habitat of wild pollinators and helping to reverse some of the negative effects of intensive farming.

It costs £13 to provide training and equipment so that a farmer in Malawi can start beekeeping, providing them with an additional source of income and improving their food crop yields. Support our important work. Donate now.

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One Comment

  1. Asha
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi ,

    I belongs from one of UP village and want start Beekeeping in my village .

    I will highly appreciate if you kindly provide any information , training and equipment for the same .

    Thanks in advance .


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