n Farmer’s Weekly - Smallholder farmers should welcome wild bees : farming for tomorrow - cover




By planting flower strips, using pesticides more carefully and restoring natural areas around their farms, smallholder farmers can harness nature's free pollination service. This is according to an international study on pollinators, which asserts that attracting more wild honeybees to such lands could result in an increase in yield of up to 24%. The project stems from the Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture Project (GPP), funded by the Global Environmental Facility and co-ordinated by the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation. Amongst the pollination experts and ecologists who co-authored the study was ecological entomologist Dr Ruan Veldtman of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Stellenbosch University.


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