Bees for Development Trust

Bees bring harmony for people and forest

The Project supports forest conservation and reduces extreme discrimination of the Batwa, a forest people in Uganda, through beekeeping. Bees help the environment, and create harmony between people and landscape. Batwa and the local community work together to protect bee habitat and earn a living.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078803)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups




Batwa forest people used to live in the once-extensive forests of South West Uganda. Forest cover reduced dramatically in the 1900s, and when the remaining forest was designated a National Park, the Batwa were evicted. With nowhere to go and no means of making a living they have fallen into chronic poverty and are discriminated against by the farming community where they now live, as little more than squatters. They suffer due to prejudice, and struggle to live healthy, dignified lives.


We will solve the problem by empowering the Batwa to engage in nature-based beekeeping, to earn a living, to support forest habitat and to build a strong alliance with the wider community, in a shared endeavour to protect the forest, for bees and bee forage. We provide training, tools and materials for the Batwa to keep bees in partnership with local landowners and we help them access fair markets for honey. We will create a situation where people can work in harmony with nature and each other.

  • I became interested in beekeeping, and started with advice from Bees for Development. Relations with the landowner are now great. I can afford to take my child to school, and to develop personally by learning, too.

    — Ephraim Kagote