Bee Health News

icipe is implementing a project aimed at providing alternative livelihoods for food and income security among communities targeted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) country programmes.

 

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icipe is implementing a project aimed at providing alternative livelihoods for food and income security among communities targeted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) country programmes.

In March 2016, icipe and The MasterCard Foundation launched the Young Entrepreneurs in Silk and Honey, at a ceremony officiated by His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn,Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

 

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This article on the resilience of African honey bees was published in LiveScience.Com (online publication).

icipe has implimented a project, ‘Alternative Livelihoods for Food and Income Security’ which aims at contributing to improved food and income security of small holder farmers through the introduction of improved beekeeping and pollination technologies and services as alternative sources of livelihood, improved crop yields as well as biodiversity conservation. Publicity on this work has been received in the following media:

 

Seychelles Nation

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has helped farmers in Kakamega advance their beekeeping business. Publicity on this story has been received in the following media.

 

Daily Nation Newspaper, Kenya

Scientists at icipe have helped farmers domesticate stingless bees which are not only producers of pricey honey with high medicinal value but also good pollinators. Publicity on this story has been received in the following media.

 

Daily Nation newspaper, Kenya

Scientists at a newly launched research lab in Nairobi are trying to find a way of protecting African bees from a deadly parasite that's targeting the insects in the US and Europe. Publicity on this study has been received in the following media.

 

eNews Channel Africa (TV)

The African Reference Laboratory for Bee Health, was launched by His Excellency William Ruto, Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, on Monday 3 November 2014. It is the centerpiece of a three-year project funded by the European Union in Kenya worth Kshs 1.7 billion (€14.7 million).

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Nairobi, 16 April 2014 – According to a joint study by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and the Pennsylvania State University Center for Pollinator Research, African honey bees remain unaffected by a number of diseases that have been linked to significant colony losses in the United States and Europe, raising the prospect that African honey bees may possess ‘novel resistance mechanisms’ to disease that warrant further investigation. 

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Once back in their countries, beekeepers and veterinarians will spread knowledge through ‘training of trainers’ on bee pests and diseases, and their prevention and control.

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On 28 March 2014, a delegation from the European Union’s representation in Kenya paid a visit to the icipe Kasarani campus, for an in-depth tour of the Bee Health programme, including a first-hand look at the Bee Health Reference Laboratory that is now in the last stages of construction. The Bee Health Reference laboratory is due to be inaugurated by July, and will eventually house facilities that will have the most advanced technologies for diagnostic analysis of samples from bees and bee products for pests and diseases as well as for detecting pesticide residues in honey and bee products for commercial sale.

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An article published by the International New York Times (26 – 27 October 2013) implicitly recognises the icipe-AU-IBAR,European Union (EU) funded Bee Health project as a critical component of the global effort to protect bee colonies. Titled ‘Bee Survival in Europe’, the article observes that the funding of the African bee health project, whose aim is to enhance food security and protect biodiversity in Africa, is in line with other efforts being instituted by the EU to mitigate the threats that affect bee populations.  (Read complete article).

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On 23 to 25 September, icipe hosted the official launch and inaugural meeting of the steering committee of the European Union-funded Bee Health project.

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icipe scientists, Baldwyn Torto and Ayuka Fombong are among bee specialists who have contributed to the COLOSS BEEBOOK, a unique and innovative practical manual that will, for the first time, provide standardised methodologies for researchers studying the honey bee, Apis mellifera.

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