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Funding sources for beekeeping projects

Many members mentioned the need for information on how to obtain funding for beekeeping projects.  In this thread, we would like to collect information on funding sources for beekeeping projects.

Proposals can be submitted to donors under programmes (such as the FAO Telefood Programme – see below) or in response to a call for proposals. These calls for proposals are generally launched once or twice a year and proposals need to be submitted by a pre-established deadline.

Beekeeping projects can be submitted within the framework of programmes and calls for proposals aiming at promoting Rural Development and the Strengthening of Livelihoods; Sustainable Forest Management; Conservation of Habitats, Ecosystems and Biodiversity; Reforestation; Small Enterprise Development, etc.

We call upon our members in the donor community, and anybody who comes accross funding opportunities, to post under this thread calls for proposals or information about programmes and other initiatives that can provide funding for beekeeping projects.





FAO TeleFood Special Fund

The purpose of the TeleFood Special Fund (TSF) is to finance concrete grassroots-level projects to assist poor families in developing countries and countries in transition. Its aim is to improve their means of production, thus enabling them to produce more food and to generate cash income, thereby allowing them better access to food.

Since its inception in 1997, the FAO TeleFood initiative has funded more than 3,100 projects in 130 countries around the world.

Local NGOs, villagers’ associations, community based organizations, etc. can submit project proposals for an amount not exceeding US$ 10,000 and for a duration of maximum 12 months. Funds can cover for example the purchase of hives and beekeeping equipment, the establishment of a small processing centre, the purchase of melliferous trees, etc. TeleFood funds cannot be used to cover mission costs of supervisors, seminars or other training activities, or for the production of booklets and manuals. 

The project proposal should follow the TeleFood project template. TeleFood project guidelines and templates are posted under “Resources” and can be downloaded there or visit the FAO TeleFood website.


Dear Charlotte,

I am director of a local NGO in Indonesia which still focus to develop the beekeeping activities in my country special in my province East Nusa Tenggara. I am interest to send my proposal for the beekeeping funding. I search the Telefood project template but I didn't found it. Could you send the template to me please because I want to make a proposal to find funding for my project. Thank you so much. God bless you.

Kind Regards,


Dear Ms. Lietaer,

Thank you very much for the information on the FAO TeleFood Special Fund. I am trying to encourage a local group of villagers in north Borneo to get started on a beekeeping cooperative to improve their productivity and raise their standard of living. This is a poorer rural community but it has the potential to develop rearing of Apis cerana to supplement their farm incomes.

Yours faithfully,

Teng Lum Chin


joseph chengoli's picture

Thank you for showing up your interest to partner with me o Bee keeping.
What is required?

Dear Mr. Ojwolo

Greetings, please could you give more details on the location of your proposed project?

Kind Regards

Daniel Padwa

Hello Daneil,

I have been in Bentiu, Unity State for about 7 months now. We have very succesful beekeeping project going on in Kitgum district, not far from boarder with South Sudan. Currently, we established rapidly growing beekeepers cooperative society working with most beekeepers in Kitgum and Lamwo districts, to improve on apiary management, honey quality, honey marketing etc.

I am very much interested to connect with you and collaborate with you in this regards, share information and organise exhange visits etc. Pse do let me know if you are interested to connect.


Peter Lukwiya

James Macdonald's picture

Hello Peter,

I am very impressed to hear of your successful beekeeping project in Kitgum! I visited Kitgum in 1984 to establish the Kitgum Beekeepers Association when I was working for the Canadian funded Care Uganda Beekeeping Rehabilitation Project. We were very encouraged by the level of commitment to the project by the community. We had the opportunity to hold several extension farmer trainings over the course of the project and I wonder if the cooperative is now processing beeswax for market? I remember the honey as being excellent in quality. At that time we were introducing the Uganda Top Bar Hive but encouraging the continued use of the traditional bamboo hive as well. Do any of the beekeepers presently utilize top bar hives for colony management?

I will be very interested to hear from you. Please keep me up to date on the progress of beekeeping in Kitgum District.

All the Best,

James Macdonald

Hello James,

Great to hear from you again and for your interest in beekeeping in Kitgum.
Yes, the coopertative have designed and made local solar wax extractor, which we are exploring. Also with support of Bee acholi vzw, Belgium (main funder of the beekeeping initatives in Kitgum), the cooperative shall soon recieve from Belgium modern solar wax extractor to enhance wax processing. Unfortutnately, we couldnt get it to the market as this is still at initial stage.

Bee Acholi vzw has provided a number of Top Bar hives to the farmers and the cooperative have been encouraging the communities to use them. This has picked on so well too, but also not eradicating the locally made ones.

On a separate note, do u live in Victoria or Vancouver?. In May 2009, i visited very promising beekeeping industry in Victoria...so inspiring to the see what is being done and levels they have reached.


Peter Lukwiay