he Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organisations (ACBO) emerged during the series of Caribbean beekeeping congresses. At the Second Caribbean Beekeeping Congress the idea of the formation of a regional beekeeping body was seeded by Livingston Herbert, Minister of Agriculture, Nevis Island Administration, and a resolution passed to effect the institutionalisation of such a body through the appointment of a Steering Committee comprised of a representative from Tobago, Nevis and Jamaica. The Committee was mandated to table proposals for the formalisation of a regional beekeeping’ body at the next Caribbean congress.
At a meeting of Caribbean beekeepers in Jamaica on 18th September 2002, during the Third Caribbean Beekeeping Congress, the Steering Committee’s proposals were approved with amendments and ACBO was established. Thereafter, two resolutions were unanimously passed, the first established ACBO as the recognised body representing Caribbean beekeepers. The second established an expanded Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Antigua, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands , Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis and Tobago, to guide the activities of ACBO based on approved documents outlining its goal, objectives, structure and work programme.
ACBO’s constitution was tabled and ratified at the Association’s Second General Meeting on the 17th November 2005, during the staging of the Fourth Caribbean Beekeeping Congress in Trinidad.
ACBO was incorporated as a Non-Profit Company under the Companies Act, 1995, of Trinidad and Tobago on 10th January 2011.