The World Bee Project partners with BeeHero for advanced monitoring sensor technology
The World Bee Project deployment of a powerful combination of sensor technology and advanced data analytics can transform the way the world monitors, models, understands, and manages pollination services.
The advanced Bee Hero monitoring technology we use can improve bee health and welfare and optimise crop yields to deliver optimum pollination input to meet crop needs. It can help minimise impact on wild bee populations. It represents the best strategy for hive deployment in terms of positioning and distribution, time of input/removal and so forth.
We aim to use the technology to help smallholder farmers in developing economies to optimise their crop yields and restore agricultural biodiversity. Restoring agricultural biodiversity is critical as it ensures vital ecosystem services, such as pollinating plants, creating and maintaining healthy soils, controlling pests, and providing habitat for wildlife vital to food production and agricultural livelihoods.
In urban regeneration programmes we can track honeybee health and nectar flows to help identify how urban ecosystems are faring and which restoration actions are required.
AI based Precision Pollination to Optimise Yields
Over 75% of the nutritious food we eat depends on pollination, but pollinators are declining at an alarming rate, around 30% per year. This is threatening our global food supply (an annual $600 billion worth of agricultural activity) and 1.4 billion agriculture-dependent livelihoods.
Precision Apiculture enables the monitoring and reporting of key honeybee health and welfare indicators in a standardised and representative way: It reveals Queen status, colony strength/activity levels, food stores/nectar flow/nutrition and any anomalies. This can inform beekeeper interventions to help build strong and productive colonies. In the longer term it can help develop data driven best practices, and support beekeeper training and education.
“Smallholder farmers sustain the world’s supply of the nutritious food we depend on for our health. Our use of BeeHero monitoring technology dramatically enhances The World Bee Project ability to enable smallholder farmers to pollinate and prosper”.
We work with local initiatives to enhance any existing initiatives underway and create overarching sustainable solutions to make it attractive to smallholder farmers to not only seek to increase crop yields but to also adopt practices such as planting for pollinator density and diversity as well as for indigenous crop diversity and stability. For beekeepers, whether commercial or hobbyist, the value of Precision Apiculture lies in improved bee and hive health and better honey yields.
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Agricultural economists and other development specialists generally agree that investing in agriculture is an effective strategy for reducing poverty, inequality and hunger, especially in countries where the sector employs a large share of the population (FAO, 2012, World Bank, 2007). Many advocates emphasize the importance of “smallholder farming” or “family farming”, with claims often made that smallholders or family farms are responsible for a large share of the world’s food production (e.g., Fairtrade International, 2013) – or that a large share of the food consumed in Africa and Asia is produced by smallholders in those regions (HLPE, 2013, IFAD and UNEP, 2013).