Over the past 50 years, global agriculture has become increasingly pollinator-dependent. Pollinator-dependent crops such as fruit, vegetables, and seed, nut and oil crops have increased by 300%. In fact, one-third of global food production now depends on bees.
Efficient pollination results in better quality of produce and its increased resilience against pests. Thus bees contribute to agricultural production and farmers’ income.
Importance for Biodiversity and the Environment
“Bees are a sign of well-functioning ecosystems”
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization from January 2012 onwards
Bees are an indicator species, meaning that their presence, absence or abundance reflects a specific environmental condition.
Bees, as pollinating species provide one of the most visible ecosystem services that make food production even possible. They contribute to biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity and represent a regulating ecosystem service in nature.