Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Livelihood Security

Vol. 1: Technological Aspects of Beekeeping

  • Rakesh Kumar Gupta
  • Wim Reybroeck
  • Johan W. van Veen
  • Anuradha Gupta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Technological Aspects of Beekeeping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, M. S. Khan, R. M. Srivastava, Vimla Goswami
      Pages 3-62
    3. Johan W. van Veen
      Pages 105-123
    4. Patrice Kasangaki, Moses Chemurot, Devinder Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Gupta
      Pages 125-170
    5. Devinder Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Kamlesh Bali, Dries Laget, Jeroen Eerens
      Pages 171-191
    6. Devinder Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Gupta
      Pages 205-245
    7. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Tom Glenn, Suki Glenn
      Pages 247-280
    8. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Devinder Sharma
      Pages 281-295
    9. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Wim Reybroeck
      Pages 297-320
    10. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Devinder Sharma, Kamlesh Bali
      Pages 321-345
    11. Johan W. van Veen
      Pages 347-354
    12. Siriwat Wongsiri, Ratna Thapa, Devinder Sharma, Kamlesh Bali
      Pages 355-378
    13. Devinder Sharma, D. P. Abrol
      Pages 379-411
    14. Annapurna Ahuja, Vipin Ahuja
      Pages 447-461
    15. Shelley E. R. Hoover, Trent M. Hoover
      Pages 463-479
    16. Wim Reybroeck
      Pages 481-506
  3. Practical Techniques in Beekeeping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 555-555
    2. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Wim Reybroeck, Dries Laget, Jeroen Eerens, Phillipe De Landsheere, Marco De Pauw
      Pages 557-597
    3. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Wim Reybroeck, Maurice De Waele, Alex Bouters
      Pages 599-636
    4. Rakesh Kumar Gupta
      Pages 637-647
    5. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Franciscus Jacobs, Devinder Sharma, Kamlesh Bali
      Pages 649-665

About this book


For decades beekeeping has been used as a tool for rural development, and many examples of the successful establishment of beekeeping cooperatives, associations and companies in poverty regions can be cited. However, until now, no comprehensive book is available that addresses all aspects of how to develop beekeeping for rural development. Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Livelihood Security aims to connect the technological aspects of beekeeping (Volume I) with bee based livelihood and food security in the developing world (Volume II). Beekeeping cannot be practiced successfully without basic knowledge about the history of beekeeping , taxonomical information about honey bees and their distribution, the biology of the bee species involved, because hive management should be according the life cycle and needs of the bees during the different seasons. The reader will therefore find chapters on bee biology of different bee species, including stingless honeybees, beekeeping practices for Apis mellifera, Africanized bees and Asian bees, bee genetics and selection, bee pathology and parasitology, and prevention of bee diseases. Since beekeeping is done in different regions of the world with different bees and a variety of materials, a chapter is dedicated to beehives in different parts of the world. Several economical aspects of beekeeping are discussed in chapters about the role of pollinators in sustainable farming and livelihood security, bee products and their quality control, apitherapy and the use of bee products in local health care, innovative techniques in beekeeping and the impact of climate change on beekeeping. This book is in line with what decision makers and actors in beekeeping development should apply. Even more, the book is dealing with a theme often neglected, more precisely all subjects related to the quality and commercialization of hive products, including the broad and more than promising field of apitherapy. In view of increased problems of annual bee mortality in the USA and Europe, the view is turning towards a closer follow-up of the life of honey bees and not to the necessity of profitability out-and-out. Part of the beekeepers in developed countries, mainly in the west, who could be beginners, city-dwellers or professionals, are turning their way of beekeeping management  towards a more extensive beekeeping, for example by adopting the Kenyan beehive, previously only reserved for the more helpless.
With the publication of this book, we hope to hand out a practical guide that will assist all those who are involved in beekeeping for development. We hope it will stimulate beekeeping as an integrated activity with farming and nature conservation and will serve in many households for poverty alleviation and livelihood security. A book not to be missed in any self-respecting library.


Beekeeping Livelihood security Market intervention Microfinance Poverty Poverty alleviation

Editors and affiliations

  • Rakesh Kumar Gupta
    • 1
  • Wim Reybroeck
    • 2
  • Johan W. van Veen
    • 3
  • Anuradha Gupta
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of EntomologySher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of JammuChathaIndia
  2. 2.Technology and Food Science UnitInst. for Agric. and Fisheries Research (ILVO)MelleBelgium
  3. 3.Centro de Investigaciones Apicolas TropicalesUniversidad Nacional de Costa RicaHerediaCosta Rica
  4. 4.Government of J&KJammuIndia

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