The importance of bee-ing pollinators


Celebrating 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. This year it is time to consider how to ‘Build back better for bees’ as part of regenerating ecosystems and supporting resilience to pandemics.

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

For further reading, see the Publications catalogue.

JUST PUBLISHED: Visual manual on good beekeeping practices for small-scale beekeepers in Africa
This visual, practical manual on sustainable beekeeping for small-scale beekeepers in rural areas in Africa has been designed to be used as a beekeeping training tool and serve as a reference document on basic good beekeeping practices for small-scale beekeepers.

The pollination services of forests – A review of forest and landscape interventions to enhance their cross-sectoral benefits
This working paper reviews published literature on the impacts of forest and landscape management practices on pollinators. It also addresses the implications of climate change, collates case studies, and makes recommendation on measures for maintaining pollinator diversity and abundance in forests and landscapes.

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

Pollinators challenge badge
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.

More on pollination

Forthcoming titles

  • Guidelines on Good Beekeeping Practices for sustainable apiculture
  • Guidelines for a proper use of antimicrobials in apiculture

More titles can be browsed here