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Field Visit to Amhara Beekeepers: Expanded Digital Literacy & App Training

12 Jul 2022
Nearly one year ago, we provided smartphones and digital training to a group of beekeepers in the Amhara region with limited or no smartphone experience. A few weeks ago, we met with them again, witnessing improved digital skills, and provided training on applying these skills to use the Amharic version of the Beekeeper’s Companion app.
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beekeeping, decision support tools, digital divide, information and communication technologies, women’s participation

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Mitigating biodiversity loss through improved hive management

20 May 2022
In this blog we explore key challenges to overcoming biodiversity loss, and how supporting beekeepers through a digital hive management app offers a solution.
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beekeeping, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, hive management, women’s participation

News & Blogs

Honoring the Humble Honeybee

20 May 2022
On World Bee Day, we celebrate our relationship with the bee and the cultural, spiritual, and agricultural impacts bees have on our lives. Through our public-private partnerships and global technology development projects, we are contributing to the preservation and protection of honeybees, while amplifying the message that saving pollinator populations is a collective mission and responsibility.
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beekeeping, climate-smart agriculture, hive management, honeybees, information and communication technologies, pollinators, women’s participation

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Ground-nesting pollinators need better protection during their below-surface life

29 Mar 2022
Many solitary wasps and 70% of wild bees nest below ground and require protection during this long and crucial period of their lifecycle. However, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, since 2002 assigned to safeguard soil biodiversity, excludes ground-nesting pollinators by focusing on species directly providing four ecosystem services contributing to soil quality and functions. Recent research has demonstrated the extent of threats to which ground-nesting pollinators are exposed, namely chemicals, deep tillage and soil compaction. Ground-nesting pollinators contribute indirectly to soil quality and functions as 87% of all flowering plants require pollinators. Without pollinators, soil would lose all ecosystem services provided by these flowering plants e.g., litter, shadow, roots for habitats and erosion control. Above- and below-ground biota are in constant interaction. Therefore, the key-stakeholder, the Food and Agriculture Organization should protect ground-nesting pollinators explicitly within soil biodiversity conservation.
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convention on biological diversity, food and agriculture organization (fao), ground-nesting pollinators, mycorrhizal fungi, pesticide, soil biodiversity

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How to build a bee hotel and how do natural bee nests look like ?

28 Mar 2022
30% of all wild bees need cavities for nesting, but old wood and hollow stems get scarce in orchards and monocultures. Therefore, farmers depend more and more on ground-nesting pollinators, while cavity nesting bees shift more and more to forest and semi-natural areas. However, ground-nesting pollinators face high threats during their below-ground life. Beehotels are not costly, you can build them in short time out of old material available at all farms. The video also explains how to promote that ground-nesting pollinators can reproduce on farm. Whereas the need for more floral resources is more known meantime, the lack of nesting material and nesting sites is a widely overseen main reason for pollinator decline. We will circulate a new ISI publication highlighting the urgent need of enhanced environmental governance for ground-nesting pollinators within the next days.
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cavity-nesting pollinators, ground-nesting pollinators

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What do women beekeepers say about the AID-CSB project?

08 Mar 2022
“This is the first time something like this has been done in Uzbekistan—never before have women beekeepers been involved in developing an app”, reflected a woman beekeeper in Tashkent. In 2021, the AI-Driven Climate-Smart Beekeeping for Women (AID-CSB) project worked with women beekeepers in Ethiopia and Uzbekistan to localize the Beekeeper’s Companion app, a decision-support tool for hive management. On this Women’s Day, we take a look at what women beekeepers in Ethiopia and Uzbekistan had to say about their challenges and goals, and explore in which ways the AID-CSB project is getting involved.
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beekeeping, information and communication technologies, labour saving technologies for women, women’s participation

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The power of co-designed technology to support Human Rights

10 Dec 2021
On this Human Rights Day, guest author Dr. Sarah-Beth Hopton explores the relationship between human rights and climate, exploring how the inclusion of women in technology design offers a solution. This blog is an excerpt from the forthcoming AI-Driven Climate- Smart Beekeeping (AID-CSB) for Women’s final report, to be released in early 2022.
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beekeeping, digital divide, human rights, ict, women’s empowerment

News & Blogs

Smartphone training for Ethiopian Beekeepers

12 Oct 2021
In collaboration with ICARDA’s MEL team, icipe, and HiveTracks, smartphone training was given to beekeepers participating in the AI-Driven Climate Smart Beekeeping (AID-CSB) for Women project in Ethiopia. This training focused on building capacity and confidence in technological skills, which the beekeepers will soon use to pilot a hive management app to increase their climate resilience. The training included demonstrations and peer-to-peer learning activities on essential smartphone functions and additional skills needed to use the Beekeeper’s Companion App.
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beekeepers, capacity building, digital divide, information and communication technologies, women’s empowerment

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