The importance of bee-ing pollinators


Observing World Bee Day on 20 May is an opportunity to highlight the importance of beekeepers and the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, safeguarding biodiversity, as well as contributing to food security and nutrition.

Browse this selection of FAO publications offering guidance, tools and analysis on pollinators.

For further reading, see the Publications catalogue.

Good beekeeping practices. Practical manual on how to identify and control the main diseases of the honeybee (Apis mellifera)

This publication is designed to help beekeepers, and advisory services workers in the industry, identify and prevent honeybee diseases, as well as apply the correct treatments. This handbook updates the publication Main bee disease: Good beekeeping practices

Towards sustainable crop pollination services. Measures at field, farm and landscape scales

This publication shares practical measures at field, crop and landscape level supporting sustainable crop pollination services, including soil management for ground-nesting bees, and planning shade-tree cultivation to favour pollinators.

Pollinators challenge badge (Summary version)

This publication is designed to help educate children and young people about the importance of pollinators for people and planet, and how to help safeguard them against extinction.

Why bees matter: The importance of bees and other pollinators for food and agriculture

This brochure aims to raise awareness on the role of bees and other pollinators in increasing food security and fighting hunger as well as in providing key ecosystem services for agriculture.

Mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services with a focus on pollination

Thepublication demonstrates theimportance of strengthening theinterface between the scientificcommunity, knowledge-holdersand policy-makers in the area ofecosystem services.

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