Bees for Development Trust

Beating poverty with bees and beekeeping

Bees for Development is working to grow beekeeping skills and knowledge to benefit more than one thousand people in Ethiopia, a country with a rich beekeeping heritage. We must now build the capacity of our team of local staff to deliver our expanding programme of quality beekeeping training.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078803)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Ethiopiaid


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)




The Amhara region of Ethiopia is extremely poor, and life prospects for people living there are limited. The Bees for Development Ethiopia team is helping many rural people to supplement their income in a wholly sustainable way. Bees for Development Ethiopia runs an extensive training programme with skilled trainers, yet has not become self-sustaining, until now relying upon our full support (both management and financial support) from the UK. We want to develop their capacity in this regard.


Bees for Development Ethiopia has proved to be a hugely successful and viable operation. We propose to bring a sustainable staffing model to the team, to give it a more stable future, and to increase its role within the areas of Ethiopia where its work is most vitally needed. The organisation was founded in 2012, and by now has acquired excellent skills, and a very high reputation, in beekeeping training provision, however more management skills are needed to achieve self-sustainability.

  • Enabling people to keep bees in their own way, within their own resources, can tip a balance towards improving lives in many, many ways.

    — Monty Don