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“Africa Means Beeznes” - 46th APIMONDIA Congress, Montreal, Canada - 8th to 12th September, 2019

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AU-IBAR is participating in the 46th Apimondia or the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations that is being held in Montreal, Canada from September 8-12, 2019, at the Palais des Congrès. Apimondia is the largest international beekeeping gathering in the world. This years’ gathering has brought together more than 6,000 speakers from 80 countries from around the world.

Speaking to the theme ‘Beekeeping together within agriculture’ the AU-IBAR team and stakeholders will lead in a couple of events, notably:

A two-hour African Roundtable side event on 12th September 2019 to discuss key issues of importance to Africa’s apiculture industry, including ways to attract funding for preserving the continent’s honey bees and to win greater business opportunities for African honey. Issues of pollination and trade standards will also be discussed. The rallying theme for the Roundtable is, “Africa Means Beeznes”.

The launch of the first report on the performance of the beekeeping (apiculture) industry in Africa. This will be during the Africa Round Table scheduled for 12th September 2019. The report, titled Inaugural Status of Apiculture in Africa: Status, Opportunities and Strategies for Development of the Apiculture Industry in Africa 2018, provides an analytical outlook of the sector in Africa. Three other critical reports will be launched alongside it: National Profiles of Apiculture of 51 Member States; National Reports on Apiculture from 25 Member States; and Profiles of the African Apiculture Platform (ApiTrade Africa) and 25 National Apiculture Platforms.

AU-IBAR, led by Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture will also include support to Ethiopia’s bid to host the next APIMONDIA Congress. If successful, this will be the second time it has been hosted in Africa in the 46 years of existence of APIMONDIA. A key attraction of the Apimondia Congress is the EXPO API APIMONDIA 2019 that is hosting more than 200 exhibitors from the four corners of the world, gathered in a space of more than 3,000 square meters, in the heart of the Palais des Congrès. Exhibitors are exchanging and discussing all aspects of beekeeping, from bee growing to the production of by-products. In the African Pavilion exhibition, themed, ‘Africa Open for Beezness’, AU-IBAR is displaying reports from the Bee Health Project and AUSPII.

The AU-IBAR will be represented at the Congress by AU-IBAR’s Director, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy; the Project Officer for Live2Africa, Dr Sarah Ossiya ; the chairpersons of ApiTrade Africa and African Apiculture Platform (AAP), representatives of nine member states who are on the Executive Committee of the AAP; and experts who will make presentations on strategic issues. The invited experts will also include: His Excellency Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, former Prime Minister of Tanzania, and David Mukomana, President, APIMONDIA’s Regional Commission for Africa, among others.

APIMONDIA promotes scientific, ecological, social and economic apicultural development in all countries and the cooperation of beekeepers' associations, scientific bodies and of individuals involved in apiculture worldwide. The name Apimondia is a compound word made from two words; api, referring to honey bees, and mondia, referring to the world.

Read more:

General Press Release and Programme on the 46th APIMONDIA Congress
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Press Release - AU-IBAR to lead African Roundtable discussions at APIMONDIA Congress
Date 2019-09-10 Language  English Filesize 503.32 KB

Press Release - AU-IBAR to launch inaugural report on Africa’s apiculture industry at the 46th APIMONDIA Congress
Date 2019-09-10 Language  English Filesize 510.89 KB

The Inaugural Report on the Status of Apiculture in Africa 2019: Opportunities and Strategies for Development of the Sector
Date 2019-09-10 Language  English Filesize 2.39 MB