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dc.contributorAw-Hassan, Aden A.en_US
dc.contributorRajabov, Toshpulaten_US
dc.contributorKhamraev, Aloviddin S.en_US
dc.contributorTsivelikas, Athanasiosen_US
dc.creatorChristmann, Stefanieen_US
dc.identifier.citationStefanie Christmann, Aden A. Aw-Hassan, Toshpulat Rajabov, Aloviddin S. Khamraev, Athanasios Tsivelikas. (1/8/2017). Farming with alternative pollinators increases yields and incomes of cucumber and sour cherry. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 37.en_US
dc.description.abstractPollinator decline is acknowledged worldwide and constitutes a major subject of environmental research. Nevertheless, farmers’ efforts to protect pollinators in agricultural lands remain very limited, in particular if no compensation scheme is applicable. Current research focuses on measuring pollinator diversity in different landscapes, but research on income gains, due to habitat enhancement and high pollinator diversity, may have greater potential to induce farmers’ field management changes. In 2012, it was suggested for the first time that farmers’ motivation would be triggered if the demonstration was made that enhancing pollinator habitats, with a novel approach of farming with alternative pollinators, can increase yield and income. In 2013–2014, therefore, a 18-month-pilot project was set on a participatory basis in Uzbekistan, to test this farming with alternative pollinators approach on field and orchard crops. The practicability and the potential of the approach were tested in collaboration with seven smallholders, two commercial farmers, and two schools. We analyzed the yield and insect diversity (pollinators, predators, and pests) of seven cucumber fields in the Parkent district and four orchards of sour cherry in the Boysun district in Uzbekistan. Here we show that the fields with enhanced habitats faced higher diversity of pollinators and predators, but less pests than control fields. Furthermore, the farming with alternative pollinators approach doubled the yield of sour cherry in 2014 and highly increased the income from cucumber in 2013. In 2014, however, a climatic disaster influenced the results on cucumber in Parkent district. Ultimately, 94% of the farmers were willing to enhance pollinator habitats after being informed of these higher-yield figures. If more projects confirm that farming with alternative pollinators creates an economically self-sustaining incentive for farmers to improve habitats, this approach could contribute considerably to global pollinator protection and food security.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag (Germany)en_US
dc.rightsCopyrighted; Non-commercial use onlyen_US
dc.sourceAgronomy for Sustainable Development;37,(2017)en_US
dc.titleFarming with alternative pollinators increases yields and incomes of cucumber and sour cherryen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idChristmann, Stefanie: 0000-0002-2303-2449en_US
cg.creator.idAw-Hassan, Aden A.: 0000-0002-9236-4949en_US
cg.creator.idTsivelikas, Athanasios: 0000-0001-6267-5079en_US
cg.subject.agrovochabitat enhancementen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerSamarkand State University - SSUen_US
cg.contributor.centerUzbek Academy of Sciences, Institute of the Gene pool of plants and Animalsen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - CCAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZen_US
cg.contributor.projectSustainable Intensification of Faba Bean Production in Morocco by Introduction of Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionCentral Asiaen_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusLimited accessen_US
mel.funder.grant#Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ :81197814en_US
cg.journalAgronomy for Sustainable Developmenten_US

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