Sustainable beekeeping is essential to safeguard the livelihood of beekeepers and to produce high quality and safe bee products, which are closely linked to food safety and security. However, in the last decade, the number of beehives has increased by an estimated 13 million worldwide, which could contribute to an increased prevalence of certain bee diseases and may increase the use of veterinary medicines in beekeeping. It is therefore crucial to raise awareness of sustainable beekeeping in terms of responsible use of antimicrobials and appropriate good beekeeping practices, including biosecurity measures.
FAO, together with IZSLT, Apimondia and Appalachian State University, invites beekeepers to participate in the survey, which is aimed at beekeepers to promote global awareness of current beekeeping practices worldwide. The survey is available in all FAO languages via the link below: