Beneficiaries are rural and urban poor, small and large-scale producers, farmers, livestock owners and entrepreneurs who demand effective solutions to technical and policy problems affecting honeybee health and, consequently, pollination services and human health, given that honey is a health food. Bees also pollinate forage plants, therefore contributing indirectly to milk production. The opinions of these stakeholders will help shape the quality of output from the project, especially as the project proposes to involve them at the early stages of the bee health programme.
Other beneficiaries are technical staff and decision makers of national, regional and continental institutions and research centres involved in policy development, design of intervention strategies and support tools, and implementation of specific activities. Indirect beneficiaries are local communities benefitting from the beehive products marketing and pollination services activities.
The research agenda is determined by the grassroots actors that largely include beekeepers/farmers, community based organizations (CBOs), the private sector, NGOs, extension services and scientists working together. The central theme of the icipe/AU-IBAR task force is "Putting bee health and pollination services at the centre of research for the beekeepers/farmers and end-users". This approach ensures a direct technology uptake by the producer groups and brings science to build on the indigenous knowledge of the beekeepers/farmers and rural CBOs, and reduces the knowledge gap between technology generators and users.