Ben’s Guest is Milan Wiercx van Rhijn of Bees for Development, France.
A few years ago, I visited one of my favourite countries, France.
Milan Wiercx van Rhijn, and his lovely partner, Kim looked after me.
Spoilt with handmade ice-cream (thanks Kim!) and wonderful conversations.
We discussed the incredible job bees were doing to take care of the planet (in more ways than just pollination).
My stay solidified our friendship and taught me a great deal about the amazing organisation he works for.
Since then, we met again at APIMONDIA in Montreal in 2019 and have stayed in regular contact ever since!
I am delighted to welcome my good friend Milan to the BEES WITH BEN podcast!
Together we chat about the wonderful work happening right now in the developing world.
Work combining a number of incredibly dedicated and compassionate individuals, and, of course, a huge number of equally delightful bees!
Bees for Development is an organisation promoting beekeeping to combat poverty.
To help build sustainable, resilient livelihoods for the people who need it most.
When I thought bees could not do more for the good of humanity, I am happily proven wrong.
Founded in 1993, Bees for Development was the first organisation to fully understand why beekeeping can be such a useful tool for relieving poverty.
And among the first organisations to acknowledge bees significance in retaining biodiversity.
Based in Monmouth in the UK, the organisation has worked with over 50 countries across the world.
What they do…
Helping people generate an essential income to feed their families and provide basic needs.
These projects are happening in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda (to name just a few locations).
They show local farmers how to make and maintain low-cost beehives so people can harvest and sell their own honey.
Behives help turn natural and renewable resources into a vital livelihood and help the environment at the same time!
Their bee-work supports the World Bank, United Nations FAO and IFAD, EU, DFID, USAID and other international organisations.
Alongside all this remarkable work, Bees for Development has a generous and ethical philosophy to sharing information.
A philosophy I find vital and sometimes unusual in this day and age.
They provide free information to beekeepers in poor countries, with publications.
Bees for Development send Journal and Teaching and Learning Boxes to readers in 130 nations.
These documents share knowledge and advice.
The organisation’s website includes an open-access information portal. The largest of its kind in the world!
Considering the incredibly difficult state of affairs right now across the globe, now is a good time to support a more worthy organisation.
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