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Initiative goal

The bees and pollination component aims to enhance the resilience of mountain people to manage the effects of socioeconomic and climate change.



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Programme Coordinator

Our Focus

Enhancing agricultural yield

Honeybees are one of the most efficient providers of crucial pollination services essential to enhancing agricultural yield and ensuring human food security.

Through their pollination services, bees create a mutually beneficial relationship between the poor beekeepers who provide bees for pollination and get paid, and the rich orchard owners who pay for the pollination service and receive higher yield and quality of fruits and seeds.

Furthermore, bees also provide by-products rich in nutrition and health benefits such as honey, beeswax, pollen, which, when marketed well, can further increase household income. As the diversity and abundance of naturally occurring pollinator declines, the role of domesticated honeybees is becoming increasingly important.

Featured Publication

Pro-Poor Value Chain Development for Apis cerana Honey

Mountain communities of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) have a rich tradition of beekeeping and honey hunting with indigenous honeybee Apis cerana.

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Around the HKH


Intervention strategies

Promoting beekeeping for pollination services

Honeybees, through their pollination services, play a vital role in enhancing productivity of mountain crops, and maintaining natural biodiversity.

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Promoting beekeeping enterprises as additional income sources

Beekeeping is integral to the livelihoods of mountain farming households in several areas of the HKH region.

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Ensuring equitability and sustainability concerns

Ensuring equitability and sustainability of the programme efforts is a key challenge. This needs to work out a concrete plan.

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Partner and Support

Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH), is a global asset with rich cultural and biological diversity. The region is also characterized by diverse ecosystems.

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Piloting activities for climate change adaptation

The regional programmes of ICIMOD have been designed to support poor and vulnerable mountain communities in the HKH region in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Collaborative Action Research on Pollination

Under collaborative action research the Bees and Pollination Component has been undertaking apple pollination action research by engaging 30 lead farmers in six villages in six different valleys

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Value chain analysis of honey

Currently, the value chain analysis of honey/ beekeeping work in Bangladesh is being carried out in collaboration with ECo Development, Bandarban, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh; in Bhutan

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Promoting Beekeeping Enterprises for Improving Pollination Services, Mountain Livelihoods and Resilience

Beekeeping has been identified as a useful income generating option…

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