“With bees in my forest, my forest is protected”

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Bees work well with trees – they protect new forests and provide an extra income to farmers while the trees grow.

Stephen Walimbwe, a farmer from Mbale, Uganda has been supported by Size of Wales’ 10 Million Trees Project and Bees for Development.

“I like beekeeping as a business because I have planted a lot of trees but I was not getting a return quickly. With bees in my forest I am now getting money twice a year. I recovered all my costs in making hives with my first honey harvest. I do not have to pay for weeding and bees feed themselves. Also with bees in my forest, my forest is protected from cattle because people do not bring their livestock here to browse. Most importantly I have used the money to pay for school fees for my children.” 

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Locally-made bee hives in trees of Mbale, Uganda


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