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Linking Beekeepers’ and Farmers’ Preferences towards Pollination Services in Greek Kiwi Systems

Authors
  • Abou Nader, Elie1
  • Kleftodimos, Georgios1, 2
  • Kyrgiakos, Leonidas Sotirios3
  • Kleisiari, Christina3
  • Gallai, Nicola4
  • Darwich, Salem5
  • Berchoux, Tristan6
  • Vlontzos, George3
  • Belhouchette, Hatem7
  • 1 CIHEAM-IAMM, UMR CEE-M, F-34093 Montpellier, France
  • 2 CEE-M, University of Montpellier, CIHEAM-IAMM, CIRAD, INRAE, Institut Agro, F-34090 Montpellier, France
  • 3 Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, 38446 Volos, Greece
  • 4 LEREPS, ENSFEA, Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, F-31042 Toulouse, France
  • 5 Faculty of Agriculture, Lebanese University, Beirut 99, Lebanon
  • 6 CIHEAM-IAMM, UMR TETIS, F-34093 Montpellier, France
  • 7 CIHEAM-IAMM, UMR ABSys, F-34093 Montpellier, France
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animals : an Open Access Journal from MDPI
Publisher
MDPI
Publication Date
Feb 23, 2023
Volume
13
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/ani13050806
PMID: 36899663
PMCID: PMC10000199
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Article
License
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Abstract

Simple Summary Greek kiwi production systems suffer from a Pollination Services (PS) shortage due to the declining number of wild pollinators. This study assesses the barriers towards the implementation of a PS market in Greek kiwi production systems by conducting two separate quantitative surveys, one for beekeepers and one for kiwi producers. The field survey findings corroborate the existence of a strong basis for further collaboration between the two stakeholders, as both of them acknowledge the importance of PS. Moreover, the farmers’ willingness to pay and the beekeepers’ willingness to receive regarding the renting of their hives for PS were examined. Abstract The kiwi is a highly insect-pollinated dependent crop and is the cornerstone of the Greek agricultural sector, rendering the country as the fourth biggest kiwi producer worldwide, with an expected increase in national production the following years. This extensive transformation of the Greek arable land to Kiwi monocultures in combination with a worldwide shortage of pollination services due to the wild pollinators’ decline raises questions for the provision of pollination services, and consequently, for the sustainability of the sector. In many countries, this shortage of pollination services has been addressed by the installation of pollination services markets, such as those in the USA and France. Therefore, this study tries to identify the barriers towards the implementation of a pollination services market in Greek kiwi production systems by conducting two separate quantitative surveys, one for beekeepers and one for kiwi producers. The findings showed a strong basis for further collaboration between the two stakeholders, as both of them acknowledge the importance of pollination services. Moreover, the farmers’ willingness to pay and the beekeepers’ willingness to receive of the beekeepers regarding the renting of their hives for pollination services were examined.

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