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The Big Beehive Build

The Big Beehive Build

3 days, 9 women and 90 beehives to build. At Farm Africa, we call that a challenge!

On 1 June 2015, Judith Batchelar led a group of senior women from the UK food industry to Tanzania to complete the 2015 ‘The Big Beehive Build’ challenge. Working alongside the Erri community in Tanzania the group built an apiary of Langstroth beehives to kick-start profitable and sustainable honey farming businesses for the Erri beekeeping group.

Read the group's blog entries here:

Reflections - Rachel Griffiths

Day 4: Putting things in perspective - Judith Batchelar

Day 4: The final day in Erri - Lorraine Hendle

Day 3: A sense of achievement - Judith Batchelar

Day 3: We did it - Marnie Millard

Day 2: 90 beehives assembled - Kate Ewart

Day 2: Working alongside local villagers - Viv Harris

Day 2: Our very own production line - Judith Batchelar

Day 2: A productive day - Penny Ruszczynski

Day 1: Travelling - Susie McIntyre

Day 1: Mosquito bites, G&Ts and beehives - Judith Batchelar

Day 1: The briefing - April Preston

Photo highlights of the #BigBeehiveBuild:

Why are we doing this?

Tanzania is losing forests at a disastrous rate of 300,000 hectares every year - around 1,500 football fields every day. As forest loss reduces water supply for local communities, they struggle to grow enough food to eat and turn to cutting down trees for income to survive – a vicious circle destroying the very resource they need to survive for the long-term.

Poverty is the main driver of deforestation so Farm Africa works with the communities teaching them how to make money through forest-friendly businesses. This challenge will kick-start new honey businesses for the Erri community.

Food for Good

Food for Good is bringing together the food and hospitality industry in response to the global challenge of hunger. Business leaders and workforces from across the industry have pledged their support to raise £5 million to help 70,000 people move out of hunger and poverty. The Big Beehive Build is the first challenge out of the blocks, building on the huge success of the Dig for Good challenge in 2013.

Meet the team

You can support the team by making a donation to their team fundraising page, or by clicking on their name, to donate to any of their individual fundraising pages:

Judith Batchelar


Kate Ewart


Rachel Griffiths

Moy Park

Vivienne Harris

ABP Food Group

Lorraine Hendle

William Reed
Business Media

Susie McIntyre

Kettle Produce Ltd

Marnie Millard

Nichols Plc

April Preston

2 Sisters Food Group

Ann Savage

Bakkavor Group

Get involved

The Big Beehive Build is just one of many exciting events lined up in our 2015 Food for Good calendar. To find out more please contact the team on or 0207 067 1236.