Improving Livelihoods through Knowledge Partnerships and Value Chains of Bee Products and Services in the Himalayas

Honeybee programme of ICIMOD has been addressing issues of basic and action research followed by technology development and transfer for poverty alleviation for the last 23 years. After perfecting technologies field tests in specific sites, program was expanded through national extension and development networks in the region. Government of Austria is supporting this program in the HKH region to address the issues of poverty, agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation.

The ongoing project in collaboration with other ICIMOD programs and partners will address the issues of pro poor value chains of bee products and services, quality standards through developing national monitoring plans for residues, national beekeeping census for traceability, national honey sample policy and GMP guidelines. This process oriented approach will help poor beekeepers to come up with a product which is acceptable to consumers and will help in streamlining trade of bee products in the regional and international markets. Project will also support national vocational institutions to improve their curricula in line with emerging standards and guidelines so that qualified workforce will bring vibrancy to the sector. Besides this networking and support to global and country specific efforts on pollination and pollinators will be provided to share knowledge and information. Increase in the pollinator intensity will enhance productivity of mountain agriculture and conserve biodiversity. In addition to this project will help national up-scaling initiatives through the instrument of technical assistance and backstopping support.  


The overall objective is “to enhance the resilience of mountain people to manage the effects of global change” , and its main purpose is “to increase the income of mountain men and women by promoting the value chains of bee products and pollination services through the building of human and institutional capacities and regional cooperation”.

The Expected Results of the Project:

  • The knowledge and technical capacity of partner organizations and key individuals in pro poor value chains for honey and other bee products are strengthened
  • Understanding of national monitoring plans, traceability parameters, national honey sample policy, GMP guidelines, and honey trade policy in RMCs increased and international standards for honey quality are integrated into national policies
  • National and regional networks for information sharing on beekeeping and pollination strengthened
  • Curricula on sustainable apiculture for all stakeholders are improved
  • Awareness of, and information on value of pollinators to agriculture and ecosystems is increased and national and international pollinator projects and initiatives are strengthened
  • Technical assistance for the implementation of ongoing up-scaling projects is provided


July 2008 – June 2012

Geographical Coverage

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan

Core Financial Partners

Implementing Partners

  • Afghanistan
    Agha Khan Foundation (AKF)
    Ministry of Agriculture
  • Bhutan
    Renewable Natural Resources & Research Centre
  • Bangladesh
    Bangladesh Institute of Apiculture
  • China
    Eastern Bee Research Institute
  • India
    Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry
    Central Himalayan Environment Association
    Society for Technolgoy Development
  • Myanmar
    Beekeeping Division, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Yangoon
  • Nepal
    Department of Agriculture
    Apiculturists Network - Nepal
    Federation of Nepal Beekeepers
  • Pakistan
    Honeybee Research Institute
    NWFP Agriculture University
    Agha Khan Rural Support Programme
    Department of Agriculture AJK


Uma Partap
Research Officer/ Pollination Specialist
Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction