Beekeeping is a widely spread practice that fits well in the sustainable livelihoods approach. However, it has been wrongly perceived as just a hobby for a long time now. The primary reason for this is that beekeeping does not fit easily into the sectoral divides of rural development. As an activity, apiculture spans forestry, horticulture, agriculture, the natural environment, animal husbandry, and entomology without fitting completely into one of these sectors.
Additionally, beekeepers are categorized differently in different regions. In some places, they are categorized as farmers or hunters whilst in other places as gatherers, cattle-keepers, or even rural dwellers. Due to so much ambiguity about this profession, the major benefits of beekeeping get overlooked.