New publication in Nature Scientific Reports on FAP-induced high income increase and the potential of FAP for transformative change of agriculture
16 Sep 2021
Within FAP, both the farmer and biodiversity benefit from the land employed for habitat enhancement through the use of marketable habitat enhancement plants (MHEP). The article demonstrates the advantages of this land-sharing approach in comparison to State-of-the-Art land sparing for biodiversity protection through reward-based wildflower strips. On average FAP increased net income per surface by 121% and reduced pest abundance by 65%. The trials include seven main crops - zucchini, pumpkin, melon, eggplant, tomato, faba bean and okra – and four typical Moroccan agro-ecosystems: region with adequate rainfall near Kenitra, semi-arid region around Settat, mountainous region near Sefrou and oasis in Errachidia. Furthermore, the article presents a simulation with conservative assumptions on the potential of FAP to enhance food security by higher production per surface and thus reduce the need to use more and more semi-natural land for agriculture to meet the growing the demands. Conventional agriculture with monocultures and pesticides endangers crop pollinators in agricultural land and the current trend in land-use change threatens pollinators depending entirely on semi-natural land. The article is authored by Stefanie Christmann, Youssef Bencharki, Soukaina Anougmar, Pierre Rasmont, Moulay Chrif Smaili, Athanasios Tsivelikas and Aw-Hassan.
farmer-driven protection, Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP), food security, land-use change, method-inherent incentive, wild pollinators