The icipe Bee Health Project
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Putting bee health and pollination services in the centre of research for the beekeepers/farmers and end-users

 

Beneficiaries of the Bee Health Programme are the rural & urban poor, small & large-scale producers, farmers, livestock owners and entrepreneurs who require effective solutions to technical problems affecting honeybee health and, consequently, pollination services and human health.

 

The opinions of these stakeholders has helped shape the quality of output from the project, especially as the project has involved them at the early stages of the bee health program.

 

During the formulation phase of the programme, two consultation meetings with bee farmers’ federations were conducted by AU-IBAR/icipe during which scientists of the two organisations were involved. These Farmers’ Federations will also be represented in the project implementation committee. The bee health programme is thus guided by the principles of inclusive partnerships.

 

The research agenda will be determined by the grassroots actors that largely include beekeepers/farmers, community based organisations (CBOs), the private sector, NGOs, extension services and scientists working together. The central theme of the icipe/AU-IBAR task force is “Putting bee health and pollination services in the centre of research for the beekeepers/farmers and end-users”. This approach ensures a direct technology uptake by the producer groups and brings science to build on the indigenous knowledge of the beekeepers/farmers and rural CBOs, and reduces the knowledge gap between technology generators and users.

 

The research agenda is determined by the grassroots actors that largely include beekeepers/farmers, community based organizations (CBOs), the private sector, NGOs, extension services and scientists working together. The African Bee Health Programme is here to use Science and Technology to augment and improve the indigenous knowledge for the better good of  bee health and food security to the extend. This is also outlined in the projects central theme “Putting bee health and pollination services in the centre of research for the beekeepers/farmers and end-users”, where it is envisaged that direct technology uptake by the producer groups and bringing science to build on the indigenous knowledge of the beekeepers/farmers and rural CBOs reduces the knowledge gap between technology generators and users.