Beekeeping Manuals for Developing Countries

27 Apr

Pam Gregory (the author) has over 30 years beekeeping experience, and between 1976-2003 she worked for the UK National Bee Unit (NBU). Not only does Pam hold the UK National Diploma in Beekeeping, but she also has an MSc in Overseas Rural Development. Previously, Pam has used her wealth of expertise working with beekeepers in sub Saharan Africa and in collaboration with the NBU, has produced illustrated Beekeeping Manuals, specifically designed for use by Beekeepers in developing countries.

Pam writes: "It is now well accepted that beekeeping can offer people in rural villages a way of generating additional income. However, beekeeping is not always easy. This field manual is designed for use by field-based trainers in sub Saharan Africa. It is based on colour pictures with few words. The manual covers basic techniques needed to start a beekeeping business. It also offers some new ideas to help beekeepers to become independent by making their own equipment from local materials. I hope that this will help people to start beekeeping at an affordable cost, and maybe to experiment with new materials. The pictures show some of the many different ways that people keep bees. This is intended to promote discussion and shared experiences to help people to solve problems locally. The manual concentrates on top bar hive beekeeping but many of the techniques and ideas can also be used by traditional and frame hive beekeepers".

The Manual Receives Support from Waterloo Foundation

We are pleased to announce that we recently received generous support from the Waterloo Foundation, which has enabled us to fund translation of the Manual from English into French, Chichewa and also Swahili. In addition, another illustrated 'How to' field manual is planned for 2010, and this will cover advanced management techniques and problem solving. Manuals can be distributed free of charge to beekeeping initiatives that are able to put them to good use. For details of how to obtain copies of these manuals, please contact Gay Marris (the National Bee Unit (Fera)). We were proud to be able to show the Beekeeping Manual to Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu during a recent visit to Fera laboratories (see image)

Beekeeping manuals

The development of this basic beekeeping manual was sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation in 2009 and has been produced in many languages. If you are travelling oversees and wish to print off copies of the relevant manuals to take with you, the PDF versions can be found below:

Shona Advanced Beekeeping Manual

Shona Basic Beekeeping Manual

English Advanced Beekeeping Manual

English Basic Beekeeping Manual

French Advanced Beekeeping Manual

French Basic Beekeeping Manual

Chichewa Basic Beekeeping Manual

Hausa Basic Beekeeping Manual

Kinyarwanda Basic Beekeeping Manual

Swahili Basic Beekeeping Manual

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