Why bees matter: the importance of bees and other pollinators for food and agriculture

For centuries bees, busy as they are known to be, have benefited people, plants and the planet. But did you know that bees are not the only ones that sustain life on earth? By carrying pollen from one flower to another, bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators facilitate and improve food production, thus contributing to food security and nutrition. Pollination also has a positive impact on the environment in general, helping to maintain biodiversity and the vibrant ecosystems upon which agriculture depends. To encourage pollinator-friendly practices in agricultural management and stop the decline of pollinator populations, FAO carries out various activities. Every year on 20 May, World Bee Day offers an opportunity for all of us to pay tribute to pollinators.