Farming with Alternative Pollinators increases yields and incomes of cucumber and sour cherry

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Pollinator protection by farmers is currently based on rewards, which is unscalable for Low and Middle Income countries. Scientists Christmann et al. tested for the first time the new “farming with alternative pollinators” approach, which measures net income increase for farmers engaged in habitat enhancement (floral resources, nesting and hibernating sites, shelters against wind) for wild pollinators alternative to honeybees and commercial bumblebees. In Uzbekistan, they obtained a high income increase for field-crop cucumber and orchards of sour cherry.

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