EU Honey Programme

The EU Honey Programme 2017-2019 conducts research into sustainable beekeeping and the resilience of honeybee populations. Key priorities of the programme include sharing knowledge with beekeepers and conducting research into the causes of bee mortality.

Focus on resilience

The new honey programme focuses on sustainable beekeeping and the resilience of bees. This programme is in line with the Bee Health Action Programme (2013) and remains committed to sharing knowledge with beekeepers. The National Honey Programme is also currently in the final stages of research into causes of bee mortality.

The new programme facilitates continuous knowledge development and harmonises with and benefits from relevant national and international research. The research focuses on the following knowledge requirements:

  • Developing more robust and resistant honeybees, with a focus on varroa-resistance in colonies. The project also studies practical applications for beekeepers.
  • Diagnosis of diseases and pests to facilitate sustainable and effective control and increase the beekeepers’ knowledge of bee health.
  • Causes of bee mortality and the potentials for improvement in practice (this project is in its final stages).
  • Knowledge sharing to improve beekeeping practices (in close cooperation with beekeepers’ associations).

This programme is tailored to the needs of the beekeeping sector. Bijen@wur engages the commitment of external parties and coordinates the programme.

The European Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality each contribute 50% of the programme costs.