“Long-term international or national monitoring of both pollinators and pollination is urgently required to provide information on status and trends for most species and most parts of the world.”
The 2016 assessment report on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production, Intergovernmental
Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) at the United Nations.
The World Hive Network now has 2.5 billion bees and 50,000 intelligent hives in its network!
The only way to get a better understanding of the health of the world’s bee population in varying environments is through the evidence data provides but until now, there hasn’t been an initiative to remotely monitor bees in different regions of the world to research the pollinator and pollination crisis from a global perspective.
The World Hive Network© is the first and the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to track the health of the global honey bee and eventually wild bee populations. It is the world’s first global bee health data platform generating a view of global bee data from individual beekeepers though to commercial farms.
Our work enables a better understanding of bee health at the global level, but also provides a very detailed understanding of what is happening at the local level, so that farmers and beekeepers can improve the health of their bees, enhance their crop and honey yields, regardless of farm size or location. We can activate sustainably innovative local solutions for improving farmer and beekeeper likelihoods and enhancing urban regeneration.
Until now, advanced monitoring technology has only been used in large commercial farms but we can now use the same technology to help smallholder farmers in developing economies to optimise their crop yields. The technology can assure pollination quality while maintaining bee welfare and has already seen increases of over 30% in crop yield and 20-25% decreases in bee-mortality rates on average.
In urban regeneration programmes we can use the technology to track honey bee health and nectar flows to help identify how the ecosystem is faring and which restoration actions are required.
The World Bee Project is bringing together the brightest minds in bee health research and the latest advances in high performance computing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to enable solutions and intelligence to be delivered directly to smallholder farmers and beekeepers. We are also developing mobile and voice technology apps to add to the hive-sensors.
We work with NGOs, businesses, local governments and universities around the world and ensure that each of our projects is scientifically validated.
If you’d like to collaborate with us or invest in our work, please write to us here.
“Our innovations can play a significant role in enabling all stakeholders, scientists, governments, and corporates such as banks and insurance companies to better mitigate the threats to food security, smallholder farmer and beekeeper livelihoods and to create predictive models to ameliorate potential future stresses.”