Beekeeping associations

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In Europe a beekeeping association is a kind of club, that educates, assists, informs, insures and brings together local and national beekeepers. They support the country's bees and beekeepers and have also certain responsibilities (regular meetings where they talk about changes in the beekeeping practice, inform about diseases, act as a contact for club members etc...). The beekeepers join those associations and usually pay a membership fee in exchange of using the provided services. Similar organized associations exist in Ethiopia but so far, there is no information about similar structures in Indonesia. Nevertheless, organizations exist which aim the education of the domiciled beekeepers. In addition there are numerous projects aiming the improvment of the apicultural sector, but projects always have an expiring date.

Ethiopia: In Ethiopa there exist three beekeeping associatons: Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EAB), Ethiopian Society of Apiculture Science (ESAS) and Ethiopian Honey and Beeswax Producers and Exporters Association (EHBPEA). EAB was established in 2009 and it aims to improve the honey production and productivity by ensuring quality production and safety issues. The Ministry of Agriculture is the patron of EAB. [1] About 10 years ago, SOS-Sahal was an important beekeeping project, providing beekeeping training. [2] With the support of SOS Sahel and other co-operatives (individual farmers and beekeepers), the Zembaba Bee Products Development & Trade Promotion Cooperative Union was established. This is no classical beekeeping association, but they offer training, good materials and market information, they assist members and improve methods of production and the main objective is to promote the market for honey bee products in the Amhara region. Zembaba Union also exports honey to foreign markets. Union members have to have 2 years of experience as beekeepers and they provide an agreed amount of honey to the co-operatives, which sell it to domestic markets. Afterwards, they distribute the annual profit to all the members [3]. Projects like ASPIRE (Apiculture Scaling up Program for Income and Rural Employment) and government initiatives like ATA (Agricultural Transformation Agency) aiming also the supporting of beekeeping interests. In addition, a lot of organizations (GOs and NGOs) and initiatives offer training on beekeeping every year. Despite all the efforts, the apisector still develops very slowly. [4] [5] Other bee projects in Ethiopia: Improving the Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS) project, project funded by the Canadian International and implemented by ILRI, Facilitator for Change project implemented by Oxfam GB, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Commissioned by: GIZ, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Young Entrepreneurs in Silk and Honey (YESH), by icipe etc...

Indonesia: PUSBAHNAS (National Apiary Center) [6] ; API Indonesia (Indonesian Apicultural Association) [7] this organization is sub of Asian Apicultural Association (AAA). AAA aims to "promote the exchange of scientific and general information relating to honeybee sciences and apiculture in Asia, and to encourage international co-operation in the study of problems of common interest". [8] The Indonesian Forest Honey Network or Jaringan Madu Hutan Indonesia (JMHI), was established in 2005 and is an umbrella organisation of 10 indigenous communities in Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Java, Flores and Timor Islands). The objective is to promote sustainable honey hunting by teaching a hygienic and environmentally safe harvesting system. The organisation works together with a social enterprise which is involved in marketing the harvested honey products throughout Indonesia and the profit is distributed between honey collectors. [9]


  1. Negash, B., Greiling, J. (2017). Quality Focused Apiculture Sector Value Chain Development in Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology A, 7(2), 107-116.
  2. Gupta, R. K., Reybroeck, W., van Veen, J. W., & Gupta, A. (2014). Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Livelihood Security: Vol. 1: Technological Aspects of Beekeeping. Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands.
  3. Mekonnen, S. (2008). Increasing marketing opportunities in Amhara Region Ethiopia. Bees for Development, 86, text on website. URL (access date: 14.11.2018):
  4. ASPIRE (2018). Apiculture Scaling up Program for Income and Rural Employment. URL (access date: 11.06.2018):
  5. ATA (2018) Agricultural Transformation Agency. URL (access date: 11.06.2018):
  6. PUSBAHNAS (2018). National Apiary Center, Indonesia. URL (access date: 14.05.2018):
  7. API Indonesia (2018). Indonesian Apicultural Association, Indonesia. URL (access date: 14.05.2018):
  8. AAA (2018). Asian Apicultural Association. URL (access date: 14.05.2018):
  9. JMHI (2018). Jaringan Madu Hutan Indonesia. URL (access date: 20.11.2018):