External Evaluation Commends ICIMOD’s Beekeeping Programme


A final external impact assessment of the four-year Austrian Development Agency-funded Beekeeping Programme took place over four weeks at the end of 2012. The programme has been implementing research and development activities on beekeeping through 16 partner organizations in seven ICIMOD regional member countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan). 

The evaluation resulted in a positive report, noting several key achievements which have led to significant improvements in livelihood options and biodiversity conservation at local, national, and regional levels in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. The evaluators also produced recommendations for a future programme strategy, options, and areas of intervention in line with ICIMOD’s revised Strategic Framework and new Medium-Term Action Plan (2013-2017). The evaluation team, led by Dr Nicola Badbear, who has extensive experience in the field of international beekeeping development, and Dilli Raj Joshi, a socioeconomist with specific experience in Nepal, visited partner organizations and project sites in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal and interacted with other project partners through online tools. Input from ICIMOD colleagues helped the evaluation team further substantiate their findings. The team proposed four recommendations: 

  • create a new unique profile as the ‘Centre of Excellence for Asian Bees’;
  • host an international symposium on the conservation and utilization of indigenous honeybee species; 
  • publish a new text documenting research and findings on Apis cerana; and 
  • consolidate the findings from 25 years of pioneering apicultural work (1988–2013) on indigenous mountain honeybees and pollination, for which ICIMOD has been globally recognized.

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