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FAO's Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture

Major Initiatives

To protect bees and pollinators from the threats to their abundance, diversity and health, efforts should be made to build a greater diversity of pollinator habitats in agricultural and urban settings. Policies in favour of pollinators that promote biological pest control and limit the use of pesticides should be implemented.

Farmers can help maintain pollinator abundance, diversity and health by using innovative practices that integrate local and scientific knowledge and experience and by diversifying farms to make food resources and shelter continuously available to pollinators. We need to increase collaboration among national and international organizations, academic and research bodies and networks to monitor, research and assess pollinators and pollination services.

Promoting pollinator conservation and management

FAO carries out various activities to encourage pollinator-friendly practices in agricultural management. It provides technical assistance to countries on issues ranging from queen breeding to artificial insemination to sustainable solutions for honey production and export marketing.

The Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture provides valuable information, helping farmers, farm advisors and land managers better understand the pollination needs of specific crops. It will include a global monitoring system that captures the diversity of domesticated honeybees, including data about products and services as well as the main threats and challenges that honeybees face.

The International Pollinators Initiative, coordinated by FAO, promotes coordinated worldwide action to monitor pollinator decline, identify practices and build capacity in the management of pollination services for sustainable agriculture and improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

Globally, numerous initiatives and major activities are on-going. Links to these can be found on this page.