Bees, the unsung heroes of sustainable development

Amid concerns over global food security linked to coronavirus travel and border restrictions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday that it’s a good time to remember that most of the world’s vital food crops depend on bees and other pollinators. That’s the agency’s message to mark World Bee Day, amid clear signs that the winged insects are declining in alarming numbers, mainly from intensive farming practices, agricultural chemicals and higher temperatures associated with climate change.

COVID-19 has also affected beekeepers too, particularly those living in extreme poverty, including women, young people and those with disabilities, and FAO is calling for more action to help all those who work with bees overcome increased challenges.

For its campaign, the agency has highlighted how important bees and beekeepers are, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 pledges made by the international community to eradicate poverty and inequality by 2030.