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A collaborative action research study conducted by ICIMOD and AKRSP in Chitral, Pakistan and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India, revealed that by introducing honeybees for pollination and training farmers to properly manage bee colonies.
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The bees and pollination component aims to enhance the resilience of mountain people to manage the effects of socioeconomic and climate change.
Surendra Raj Joshi
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.
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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Honeybees, through their pollination services, play a vital role in enhancing productivity of mountain crops, and maintaining natural biodiversity.
Beekeeping is integral to the livelihoods of mountain farming households in several areas of the HKH region.
Ensuring equitability and sustainability of the programme efforts is a key challenge. This needs to work out a concrete plan.
Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH), is a global asset with rich cultural and biological diversity. The region is also characterized by diverse ecosystems.
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.
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
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
Beekeeping has been identified as a useful income generating option...