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Recent studies have indicated that the global market value of bee products, such as honey, pollen, propolis, etc., have significant economic potential. Honeybees are crucial for sustainable agriculture, maintaining biodiversity in various ecosystems, and contributing to nutritional security. However, native bee populations are declining due to climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, parasites and diseases, and the use of pesticides. The decline in the health of honeybees poses a significant risk to agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security. Collaboration between beekeepers’ organizations and government agencies is essential to bridge the gap between the basic and applied science for improving bee health and the quality of their products.
To address this issue, a face-to-face Technical Expert Service (TES) project on Sustainable and Innovative Beekeeping was organized in Vietnam, 20–25 February. Seventeen local participants comprising academic staff and students from the Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Faculty of Agronomy, and Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping (RCTB) joined the sessions and practical training conducted by a resource person from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ankara University, Turkiye, Dr. Sedat Sevin.
Theoretical beekeeping practices and experiences as well as disease prevention and treatment strategies were introduced, while the RCTB hosted a local site visit to demonstrate practical bee-farming and bee collection from hives. Through the APO’s TES Program, bilateral cooperation can increase the sustainability of beekeeping.