Training rural communities in beekeeping improves income, nutrition and health.

Through pollination beekeeping increases crop yields and profits for farming communities. It isn’t time consuming, so families can fit it around farming and their daily chores.

About 1,140,000 bees have colonised Amigos hives!

  • We have trained 400 beekeepers and distributed 438 hives. 

  • 80% of beekeeping group leaders are women

  • Traditional beekeepers have increased honey production by a third

'The training was a miracle - all of our 10 hives have been colonised and we are expecting a good harvest!'

Margaret from Kitgum continues: 'We planted one acre of sunflowers near our apiary to provide forage for the bees and in partnership with the local authority we are sensitising the community about reducing the number of trees they chop down and encouraging them to start planting trees.'

'In the future we plan to have over 100 hives, this will improve our financial status and help us to escape poverty.'

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How we work

  1. Amigos trains communities in conservation farming. Once they have increased their crop yields and have enough to eat, they often look for the ‘next thing’ to help fight poverty – frequently they request training in beekeeping.
  2. Once funding is secured, hives are constructed by the carpentry students at Kira Farm Development Centre – providing them with a valuable skill to take back to their communities.
  3. Communities receive training and regular support in beekeeping as they set up a group apiary.
  4. After the first harvest Amigos purchases the honey from the beekeepers (avoiding unscrupulous middlemen), local ladies process the honey, and then it is marketed wholesale into Kampala providing a secure income for the beekeepers.

In just six months we harvested 57kg of honey! We were very lucky that five hives colonised just two days after they were sited.

Jino from Kitgum continues: 'I love the transparency and commitment of Amigos staff in handling the project. They check on us every two weeks and their presence gives us hope and confidence. We will invest the money we made from our first sales of honey back into increasing the apiary. Together we shall lift ourselves out of poverty.'