Concrete beehives empower smallholder farmers AND save bees

When industrial design student Ivan Brown from the University of Johannesburg had to choose a topic for his Master’s Degree, he was looking for ways improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The outcome, the Beegin project, provides a tool for smallholder and urban farmers to increase their income, as well…

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Mauritius launches national beekeeping blueprint

The government of Mauritius has launched a national apiculture blueprint that is aimed at raising farmer awareness and setting guidelines to grow the underutilised potential of the beekeeping and honey industry. In a statement published on its portal, the government said the paper was launched in the capital Port Louis…

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Thin plastic frame improves income for beekeepers

The African Honey Bee company in Pretoria in South Africa was specifically established to assist poor communities in setting up viable beekeepers and beekeeping businesses. The company’s founder believes that in order to keep costs down, farmers should collaborate with their neighbours in these types of projects. Carien Kruger spoke…

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Slippery slope for ants to the beehive

Ask any beekeeper what his biggest problem is, and you’ll hear about the red ants that eat larvae in the beehive and will even frighten off a swarm if they aren’t stopped in their tracks. Mr. Quintis Bezuidenhout put a lot of thought into how he could keep ants away.…

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