We initiated a two-year project in north India in partnership with the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) University of Reading, United Kingdom, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India, and Himalayan Farmlands Initiative, a local NGO.
We are currently working with our partners to carry out controlled and replicated field trials in farms in Kotabagh, Uttarakhand. We aim to establish effective strategies for promoting and supporting positive actions that consider how good practice can be encouraged at larger scales through policy action.
Beyond this project, we are developing collaborations with Indian partners in other states in India to close some of the key gaps in the scientific understanding of pollinator abundance in India and its varying relationship with different ecosystems, while also improving the livelihoods of farmers and beekeepers and creating new job options in communities where opportunities are scarce.
Ameliorating potential future stresses
The World Bee Project CIC uses Precision Apiculture, emerging technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, IoT and frontier science to research and advance problem solving in agricultural systems to develop a dynamic knowledge base of pollination services and agricultural biodiversity in different regions. Our work can play a significant role in enabling researchers, scientists and governments to better mitigate the threats to food security, smallholder farmer and beekeeper livelihoods and to create predictive models to ameliorate potential future stresses.