satellite stations

Satellite Stations

The bee health team leader Prof. Suresh Raina and the AU-IBAR coordinator Dr. Simplice Nouala undertook baseline surve

ys at the satellite stations. They travelled to Liberia and Burkina Faso between 14th and 24th July 2013, and then to Cameroon and Ethi

opia between 13th and 19th August 2013. While in the four countries, they met with Ministers and Directors of Agriculture.

Space allocation:
The project was allotted spaces for satellite stations and marketplaces in the four countries

Securing a continental approach to Bee Health research

The Bee Health Programme is headquartered at icipe Nairobi, Kenya. To support its activities, four research satellite stations in East (Ethiopia), Central (Cameroon) and West Africa (Liberia and Burkina Faso) have been established. These stations are key to the continental research and dissemination mandate of the programme.

Goals and Roles of the satellite stations
Goals of the satellite stations

The goals of creating a network of labs for bee health are to:

  • Generate knowledge on bee diseases and pests and their control for farmers and beekeepers
  • Improve honey production and enhance access to markets in Africa and beyond
  • Provide evidence-based knowledge that can help guide policymaking to support a robust beekeeping community and to scale up the undertakings to make more beekeepers into entrepreneurs
  • Create rural employment for youth and women especially, who can easily diversify and boost their sources of income by also raising bees.
Activities of the satellite stations

Specifically, the satellite stations are focusing on the following fundamental activities:

  • Conduct surveillance and diagnosis of bee diseases and pests in the respective region.
  • Record pesticide hazards and risks
  • Assess the chemical pollution in the honey and hive products.
  • Build the capacity of farmers’ federations and national beekeepers in pollination services as well as in the management of bee diseases and pests for beehive product development and livelihood improvement.
  • Promote the rejuvenation of forests and thus an improvement of habitat quality



All satellite stations and laboratories have been fully equipped to provide necessary tools for bee health services to East, Central and West Africa regions. Icipe bee health staff provided training to NARS for running the satellite stations. AU-IBAR/icipe along with NARS have organized five regional trainings (North, South, East, West and Central) in 2015 to train beekeepers and NARS from over 40 countries

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