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Pollination in apple orchards in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region

In the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region of Asia, apple production is a major agricultural activity, and is one of the most important crops. Worth approximately US$500 million/year, and for some farmers, up to 80% of total family income derives from apple production....[more]

Measuring Pollination Deficits

Why is it important to measure pollination deficits?The health of pollinators may impact the sustained productivity of crops, orchards and pastures. The demise of pollinator groups can affect ecosystems on all levels as it pertains to communities of plants and animals and...[more]

The risk of pesticides to wild bees

Crop losses to pests are a major problem in sustaining production, and often, pesticides are used as the first line of defense against pests. However, the indiscriminate use of pesticides often impacts negatively on beneficial insects – insects that provide essential ecosystem...[more]

FAO supports development of method to monitor global bee decline

Through support from FAO’s Global Action on Pollination Services, a group of biologists have outlined a simple and cost-effective method for enacting a monitoring system, published online Dec. 12th  in the journal Conservation Biology. A monitoring program should be simple,...[more]

Handbook for Participatory Socioeconomic Evaluation of Pollinator-friendly Practices

Smallholder farmers will soon be better able to weigh up the cost and benefits of adopting new practices that support some of the most overlooked contributors to global food security - the insects and other animals that pollinate their crops and boost yields.  FAO’s Global...[more]

FAO produces protocol to detect pollination deficits

As a contribution to the International Pollinators Initiative, FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and its partners have collaborated with INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, a public research body of the French government) to develop a protocol...[more]

Gardens of Biodiversity

As part of its contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, FAO has published a book celebrating the richness of biodiversity for food and agriculture in the Southern Caucasus, birthplace of many common foods found on plates all over the world. Comprising Armenia, ...[more]

Tool for assessing value of pollination services and national vulnerabilities to pollinator declines

FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division, in collaboration with INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, a national government agency) has developed a tool for assessing the value of pollination services and national vulnerabilities to pollinator declines....[more]

Pollination Information Management System launched

FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division has launched a new website for its "Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture".In addition to documents, case studies and glossary, this website also provides an interactive internet resource, the Pollination...[more]

Rapid Assessment of Pollinators' Status: A Contribution to the International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators

Pollinators are essential for orchard, horticultural and forage production, as well as the production of seed for many root and fibre crops. Nonetheless, mounting evidence points to a potentially serious decline in populations of pollinators under agricultural development. The...[more]

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