Bees for Development Online Resource Centre

Bees for Development Online Resource Centre


Bees for Development (BfD) started in 1993 as an organisation to deliver free and reliable information to support people in remote and rural communities of poor countries to keep bees profitably and sustainably. Since then, we have published over 140 issues of the BfD Journal, produced training manuals, posters, videos, podcasts and a whole lot more. We also curated a library of over 3500 resources about bees, beekeeping and their products from all over the world. The time had come to reorganise and rehost this wealth of knowledge, making it more readily accessible and easier to consult.

The Project

In 2022, with the generous support of the Eva Crane Trust we launched the new Bees for Development Online Resource Centre. It is a dynamic and interactive website that serves as a hub for our full range of information services and as a searchable database hosting our entire collection of free resources. This includes the full archive of BfD Journals, which was previously not available in digital format, as well as 350+ downloadable pdfs covering all aspects of practical beekeeping, such as hive plans and beeswax processing manuals. The Resource Centre also hosts our growing collection of how-to videos and is

Users can register to access advanced search options and customise their dashboard to suit their special interests. We designed the Resource Centre to appeal to beekeepers, development practitioners, researchers and bee enthusiasts

Designed for beekeepers, bee enthusiasts, development practitioners and academics, you simply need to register to enjoy all of the benefits. The Resource Centre’s key aim is to empower beekeepers and trainers in building a sustainable living.

With thousands of articles, 350+ downloadable PDFs, MP3s, instructional videos and training manuals. Of great importance, the Resource Centre is now home to every edition of Bees for Development Journal.

The Resource Centre is fully optimised to work online or via a mobile device on low-bandwidth connections. Where resources can be downloaded, we have compressed the files as much as possible without losing any of the quality.

Giacomo Ciriello, 
Project Manager
Bees for Development