Food security

Food security

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90% of food crops meant to feed the world’s increasing population dependent on honey bee pollination. Furthermore, some crops such as almonds depend entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time; while for many others, crop yield and quality would be greatly reduced without honey bee pollination.Studies in the USA have proven that two-third of the available 2.4 million colonies, travel the country to pollinate crops and produce honey and honey wax. Increase yields and the sale of honey and related products contribute about $14.6 billion to the USA.Continuous biodiversity loss in the Bamenda highlands has been attributed mainly to anthropogenic activities; related to the search for new land to increase agricultural yields. Due to poor soils fertility and insufficient money for agricultural inputs, farmers clear and cultivate very large portions of forest to produce small food crops for very large household size. Our pollination seeks to create conservation incentives for communities through improving crop pollination. The project will integrate apiaries into agro forestry systems to improve crop quality, fruiting and yields through pollination. Furthermore; the project will promote and improve regeneration of trees and floral diversity to expand nectar and pollen diversity. It will further encourage farmers to plant mostly flowering native trees species as an adaptation to climate change to sustain honey culture and the conservation of natural biodiversity.

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