Beekeepers Menglieva Meriban and Bakthiyar Menligiev from proudly display one of their honeycomb frames.
The couple has been involved in bee farming for almost a decade. Their two children love the fresh honey from the farm and Meriban enjoys watching how the bees work and live as one family. “They are not very different from us in that regard,” she laughs.
The family is among the many bee farmers from the Aral Sea region who have faced severe challenges after part of the lake dried up. But thanks to training and support from the Development Programme (UNDP), the family was able to expand their business and increase their hives from four to 18.
The climate crisis, disappearing habitats, fewer varieties of wildflowers as well as increased diseases, pollution and pesticides are all affecting the future of bees.
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