Project Summary

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Project Title

African reference laboratory (with satellite stations) for the management of pollinator bee diseases and pests for food security

Project Number



23 Dec 2013 – 23 Dec 2016


To enhance the contribution of bees and other pollinators to food security and improved livelihoods in Africa.


To improve bee products and pollination services through reduced incidence of bee diseases and pests, enhanced markets access, and bee health institutional environment.


AU-IBAR and icipe


Over three years, the EU will contribute a total of €13.1 million. This funding is split into two parts:

  • €4.8 million is funding two components to be handled by AU-IBAR (African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources):
    • to enhance awareness on the honeybee health and create a conducive environment for enhanced bee disease control, and create access to markets, and consumer safety.
    • to strengthen capacity of beekeepers/farmers' federations, RECs and NARS on bee health management systems and policy options
  • €8.3 million is funding another strategic two components handled by icipe:
    • to help establish bee health facilities for innovative technologies and provision of pests risk analysis baselines and benchmarks
    • to validate bee disease and pest management and develop modules with efficient field based diagnostic tools