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.
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.
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. Many beekeepers state that their trade provides them with mental and physical health support. They also 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.The IAC hopes to develop the apiculture industry as another revenue source across the entire Caribbean
With increasing deforestation and habitat fragmentation, many pollinators, including bees, are negatively impacted by reduced food and habitat. Beekeeping, if conducted in tandem with the environment, is an important method of conserving bees and the benefits they provide as pollinators. This is especially important in terms of achieving SDG 15 “Life on Land”, the main objective of which is to Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
The IAC will deliver all the basic information required to understand bees, beekeeping and hive products through this online course using two different methods: presentations and videos. Traditionally, the art of learning beekeeping was done via in-person training however, with the rise of COVID-19, video training has now replaced in-person training, a first for the Caribbean. This online bee-keeping course will consist of 16 modules, as follows:
We cater to children, youths and adults.
For each module, participants will be evaluated in two (2) ways:
Online quizzes. Each module will have its own online quiz which will evaluate the participants’ ability to understand and assimilate the relevant content.
Videos. Participants will be required to submit a video on the module to the course coordinators in order to assess their understanding of the content in a real-life context. Participants can use drawing, visit beekeepers or use their own equipment in order to prepare videos.
The IAC hopes to partner with mentor beekeepers in each country via the Association of Caribbean Beekeeping Organisations (ACBO). The purpose of the mentors will be to lend support to beekeepers completing the course in their respective countries through an apprenticeship programme. The country beekeeping mentors will be identified based on the country registration for the course.
At the end of the course, the participant should have a basic knowledge and understanding of beekeeping as well as be able to set up and maintain their own apiary.
Fill out the contact form below for more information about our courses and on how to register.