This is the eighth of a series of publications selected materials sponsored jointly by I@mak project and Fountain Publishers. It is targeted at district extension workers and farmers in Uganda and the region. This book is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on understanding these important insects. It show that bees are not only matriarchal but also that they are such a well organised community of insects, with clear roles
for every hive occupant, and with a complex communication system that human armies cannot help but marvel at. The second part presents the practice of beekeeping. It looks at the equipment and tools, management aspects, and general care needed for a successful enterprise. Beekeeping, unlike livestock does not require high investment and maintenance costs or intensive labour, which keep out many potential farmers. Beekeeping provides an avenue for production of nutritious food, and most importantly, enables the majority of rural dwellers to earn good levels of income without necessarily destroying the environment, and
without investing a lot of capital or requiring daily labour.