Produce ORGANIC-CERTIFIED beeswax. Sustainable.

Produce ORGANIC-CERTIFIED beeswax. Sustainable.

our vision

We design sustainable supply chains for high quality organic-certified bee products all over the world.

Challenge

Bees

Local bee population drops because of night harvesting methods, as well as loss of forested ecosystems.

Forest

Poverty-stricken communities are clearing forests to create additional farmland.

Product

Raw beeswax from forest beekeeping is the best in the world. Mismanaged processing of bee products and missing quality control systems lead to low quality and low income.

Community

Missing jobs and low income lead to poverty-stricken communities and the need of additional farmland

our solution –

do it in

the African way

Biodiversity

Work with local bee races in daylight beekeeping, which is advantageous for bee health, colony growth and has positive effects on local plant life and ecosystems.

Education

Invest in communities through trainings in daylight beekeeping, processing of bee products, quality management and product presentation. Support young and socially disadvantaged groups.

Empowerment

Create jobs on the rural countryside. Use only cost friendly and local available materials. Create income sources for local communities through additional harvests and production of high quality organic-certified beeswax.

Sustainability

Work in non-contaminated rural environments. Protect local ecosystems by fostering environmentally friendly production techniques. Make forest areas economical valuable for locals.

about us

We are a group of experts and entrepreneurs, building up sustainable value chains for bee products from the hive to the consumer market. At BEES for the world we have assembled a team with special knowledge in ecological beekeeping, bee health, bee races, biodiversity, ecosystem services, quality management, teacher education, social and health inequalities, business models, business administration and sustainable value chains. Together we want to be part of solving sustainability issues of deforestation, poverty, as well as bee and insect reduction. To reach this aim we work hand in hand with our partners worldwide with a focus on African countries.

our team

Dr. Wolfgang Ritter

Dr. Wolfgang Ritter

Expert in Beekeeping, Bee Health and Food Control

CV

He is specialized in ecological beekeeping and bee health. He gave lectures for 11 years on ecological agricultural economics at the University of Kassel. Several decades he has been expert and head of the Reference Lab of World Organisation for animal health (OIE/Paris) at the Institute of Animal Health and Food Control in Freiburg/ Germany. As an expert and chairman of the scientific commission of bee health of the world beekeeping association (Apimondia/Rome), he advised several governments, organisations and apiaries worldwide in the topics of bee health and sustainable modes of operation forseveral decades. Additionally he is author of several books about the topic of ecological beekeeping and bee health. He is also beekeeper himself, with over 40 years of experience.

CV

He is PhD candidate for business models in the sharing economy at the University of Freiburg and is deep in the topic of business administration and designing business models. Special interests in his research are market networks, market transformation and sustainability. Additionally he is working in a project that designs a Social Media Start-up for whom he is designing the business model and plan. His background is a Master in Sustainability Economics and Management at the University of Oldenburg and wrote his thesis about biosphere reserves and sustainable management systems

Publications

2019

Ritter, Schneider-Ritter, Ritter, Okcu 2019. The African way: healty bee colonies and sustainable income maintenance. American Bee Journal May 2019.

Ritter, Schneider-Ritter, Ritter, Okcu 2019. The African way: healthy bee colonies and sustainable income maintenance. 5th International Organic Beekeeping Conference, Hohenheim.

Ritter and Schanz 2019. The sharing economy: A comprehensive business model framework. Journal of Cleaner Production, 213, 320-331.

2015

Ritter 2015. Die „große Transformation“ im entstehenden Biosphärengebiet gestaltbar machen. Eine Akteursanalyse auf Grundlage des Transition Management Ansatzes. Master Arbeit, Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.

Martin Ritter

Martin Ritter

Expert in Business Models, Sustainable Value Chains and Market Transformation

Ute Schneider Ritter

Ute Schneider Ritter

Expert in Ecoystem Services, Water Ecosystems and Residue Analysis

CV

She is environmental engineer, specialized on topic water risk management and corresponding legislations. She works for the regional council Freiburg. She is well trained and experienced in biodiversity and ecosystem topics. She wrote her thesis about residues analysis in bee products and has an additional education as a biological technical assistant with the speciality of bee diseases. She has plenty of experiences in beekeeping with different races in Asia and Africa and is working since 40 years with bees.

CV

She is a researcher and university teacher in the field of sociology of health and education at the Freiburg University of Education. She specialized in social and health inequalities as well as inclusive teacher education. She holds a master degree in health education, in which she investigated the influence of a life skill program on pupils. She has been working in several environmental organizations in several positions from field marketing to management in Turkey.

Gözde Okcu

Gözde Okcu

Expert in Education, Teacher Education and Inclusion

about us

We are a group of experts and entrepreneurs, building up sustainable value chains for bee products from the hive to the consumer market. At BEES for the world we have assembled a team with special knowledge in ecological beekeeping, bee health, bee races, biodiversity, ecosystem services, quality management, teacher education, social and health inequalities, business models, business administration and sustainable value chains. Together we want to be part of solving sustainability issues of deforestation, poverty, as well as bee and insect reduction. To reach this aim we work hand in hand with our partners worldwide with a focus on African countries.

our team

Dr. Wolfgang Ritter

Dr. Wolfgang Ritter

Expert in Beekeeping, Bee Health and Food Control

CV

He is specialized in ecological beekeeping and bee health. He gave lectures for 11 years on ecological agricultural economics at the University of Kassel. Several decades he has been expert and head of the Reference Lab of World Organisation for animal health (OIE/Paris) at the Institute of Animal Health and Food Control in Freiburg/ Germany. As an expert and chairman of the scientific commission of bee health of the world beekeeping association (Apimondia/Rome), he advised several governments, organisations and apiaries worldwide in the topics of bee health and sustainable modes of operation forseveral decades. Additionally he is author of several books about the topic of ecological beekeeping and bee health. He is also beekeeper himself, with over 40 years of experience.

Martin Ritter

Martin Ritter

Expert in Business Models, Sustainable Value Chains and Market Transformation

CV

He is PhD candidate for business models in the sharing economy at the University of Freiburg and is deep in the topic of business administration and designing business models. Special interests in his research are market networks, market transformation and sustainability. Additionally he is working in a project that designs a Social Media Start-up for whom he is designing the business model and plan. His background is a Master in Sustainability Economics and Management at the University of Oldenburg and wrote his thesis about biosphere reserves and sustainable management systems

Publications

2019

Ritter, Schneider-Ritter, Ritter, Okcu 2019. The African way: healty bee colonies and sustainable income maintenance. American Bee Journal May 2019.

Ritter, Schneider-Ritter, Ritter, Okcu 2019. The African way: healthy bee colonies and sustainable income maintenance. 5th International Organic Beekeeping Conference, Hohenheim.

Ritter and Schanz 2019. The sharing economy: A comprehensive business model framework. Journal of Cleaner Production, 213, 320-331.

2015

Ritter 2015. Die „große Transformation“ im entstehenden Biosphärengebiet gestaltbar machen. Eine Akteursanalyse auf Grundlage des Transition Management Ansatzes. Master Arbeit, Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.

Ute Schneider Ritter

Ute Schneider Ritter

Expert in Ecoystem Services, Water Ecosystems and Residue Analysis

CV

She is environmental engineer, specialized on topic water risk management and corresponding legislations. She works for the regional council Freiburg. She is well trained and experienced in biodiversity and ecosystem topics. She wrote her thesis about residues analysis in bee products and has an additional education as a biological technical assistant with the speciality of bee diseases. She has plenty of experiences in beekeeping with different races in Asia and Africa and is working since 40 years with bees.

Gözde Okcu

Gözde Okcu

Expert in Education, Teacher Education and Inclusion

CV

She is a researcher and university teacher in the field of sociology of health and education at the Freiburg University of Education. She specialized in social and health inequalities as well as inclusive teacher education. She holds a master degree in health education, in which she investigated the influence of a life skill program on pupils. She has been working in several environmental organizations in several positions from field marketing to management in Turkey.

Partnerships

Interested in joining us ? ?

We always interested to spread our network and to open for new valuable partnerships and opportunities.

Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Bees for Development (UK)

Founded in 1993, Bees for Development was the first organisation to articulate the reasons why beekeeping is such a useful tool for alleviating poverty while helping to retain biodiversity.

Bees for Development Ghana (Ghana):

Bees for Development Ghana is a new independent beekeeping organisation dedicated to serving and developing the beekeeping sector in Ghana – to generate employment, to create wealth and to provide pollination services for crops and natural environments.

TUNADO (Uganda):

TUNADO is the national apex body responsible for coordinating the beekeeping industry in Uganda. TUNADO represents one million two hundred thousand 1,200,000 beekeepers (UBOS 2016) organised in 264 associations, cooperatives and companies.

contact us

If you wish to find out more about our project and our company please contact us.

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Impressum

Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG
Bees for the world GbR
Kartäuserstraße 53B
79102 Freiburg

Vertreten durch:
Dr. Wolfgang Ritter

Kontakt
E-Mail: contact@beesfortheworld.de

Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer gemäß §27 a Umsatzsteuergesetz: DE316602390

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