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The Iyanola Apiculture Collective

The IAC is a CSO dedicated to supporting beekeepers in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean. Iyanola is the indigenous name given to Saint Lucia and it was used in our collective out of respect for the traditions and eco-consciousness of our first peoples.

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On a Mission to Advance Sustainable Caribbean Beekeeping

The focus of our organization is to satisfy our current niche market for local honey and meet the growing needs of the international market for Apitoxin, Propolis, investment opportunities and new Apitourism attractions.

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Sustainable Development

The IAC came into existence in January of 2018, out of a need to develop a sustainable apiculture ecosystem that enabled Apis mellifera and Apiculturists to thrive. Collectively the group presently has 10 apiaries, which house on average 90 - 110 hives, and sells the produced honey to individuals, supermarkets and souvenir shops across the island. In addition, members of the organization specialize in relocating wild swarms from commercial and residential structures.

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Initially, our primary objective as individuals was to offer good quality pure honey to the local market, with the possibility of exporting our products to the wider region, and internationally. This has not been possible due to international trade restrictions. As well as the absence of the Saint Lucian Ministry of Agriculture implementing a residual monitoring plan to enable the export of St. Lucian animal products to the EU and beyond.

Over the last four years we have observed a gradual decline in honey production due to a combination of factors such as the effects of climate change (increased extreme precipitation), loss of viable forage due to human activity, and the use of harmful toxic chemicals in the Banana sector to combat Black Sigatoka.

To compensate for this dramatic reduction in revenue, it fostered a collective approach which refocused our joint efforts on the production of bee packages for sale, manufacturing of hive equipment and the training of new beekeepers who wished to enter the industry.

In effort to support bee forage, IAC is encouraging members to create microclimates of “bee-friendly” plants and flowers on its apiaries, which are rich in pollen and nectar.

GEF SGP South-South Apiculture and Biodiversity Project

In 2019, The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) St. Lucia developed a project to bring beekeeping to the forefront within the Southern Hemisphere, mostly in the Caribbean.

They were successful in receiving a grant to implement an innovation program, with South-south cooperation, in the field of apiculture in seven participating countries namely St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Samoa and Trinidad and Tobago.

This initiative will see the development of a south-south regional apiculture industry, with all participating countries benefiting from the competitive advantage brought about by collective efforts of the production of hive and hive products.

So journey with us, as we work to develop ecologically-sound, symbiotic relationships with nature, which supports forest conservation, the local apiculture sector, and the expansion of the honey industry in St. Lucia and the Caribbean.

St Lucia is in the equatorial belt and therefore experiences a tropical climate where all twelve months have mean temperatures of at least 18 - 24 °C. Unlike the extra-tropics, where day length and temperature, varies with season, tropical temperature remains relatively constant throughout the year and seasonal variations are dominated by precipitation or rain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions. We’re always happy to help.

Yes! We offer beekeeping tours to children, youths and adults, foreign or local, pretty much anyone who is interested in learning about bees!

beekeeping can provide a sustainable income to a beekeeper, if managed properly. Bee hives provide a variety of financially viable products, not limited to honey. The IAC hopes to develop the apiculture industry as another revenue source across the entire Caribbean.

Apiculture has been a part of the culture and social fabric of the Caribbean and Samoa for hundreds of years. Beekeeping became an integral part of the plantations however, with independence and modernisation, this tradition slowly begun to fade into history.

Many beekeepers state that their trade provides them with mental and physical health support. They state that tending to their bees is a peaceful and relaxing exercise. Further health benefits have been identified from inhaling the air from hives, consuming propolis and other hive products. 

This course will provide the participant with all the basic information required to conduct beekeeping in the Caribbean. It was developed for new Caribbean beekeepers as well as those with less than two (2) years worth of experience. It will provide important information on what will be required to rear bees, how to do so and how to expand apiaries. This online course represents the first of its kind for the Caribbean and is the next step in the development of the beekeeping tradition in the region. 

We love to hear from anyone interested in beekeeping. Follow us on our social media channels, book a tour, register for training, ask us about membership, or fill out the contact form below.

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