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Journal of Ecosystems
Volume 2014, Article ID 298141, 23 pages
Research Article

Social and Ecological Drivers of the Economic Value of Pollination Services Delivered to Coffee in Central Uganda

1Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental sciences, Namasagali Campus, Busitema University, P.O. Box 236, Tororo, Uganda
2Départements de Biologie et Environnement, Centre National de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN/Lwiro), D.S. Bukavu, Sud-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
3Département de Nutrition and Diététique, Centre de Recherche pour la Promotion de la Santé (CRPS), Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales, ISTM Bukavu, P.O. Box 3036, Sud-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
4Faculté des Sciences Environnementales, Gestion des Ressources Naturelles, Conservation de la Nature et Tourisme, Université du Cinquantenaire de Lwiro (UNIC/Lwiro), D.S. Bukavu, Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Received 10 September 2013; Revised 19 November 2013; Accepted 6 December 2013; Published 2 March 2014

Academic Editor: Ernesto I. Badano

Copyright © 2014 Bin Mushambanyi Théodore Munyuli. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


On-farm pollination experiments were conducted in 30 different small-scale coffee fields to determine monetary value attributable to pollination services in coffee production and to identify the degree of influences of various socio-ecological drivers in Uganda. Ecological-economic approaches were applied to determine the economic value of pollinating services. Economic value of bees increased significantly with increase in coffee farm size, bee diversity, and cover of seminatural habitats. The value of bees declined sharply ( ) with forest distance and cultivation intensity. Economic values of pollinating services associated with coffee fields established in regions with low intensity were found to be high. Organically managed small-scale coffee fields were 2 times more profitable than commercially managed farms. The annual value of pollinating services delivered by wild bees oscillated between US$67.18 and US$1431.36. Central Uganda produces in total 0.401 million tons of coffee beans for an approximate economic value of US$214 million from which US$149.42 million are attributable to pollination services. Policy makers should strengthen environmental/agricultural extension service systems to better serve farmers. Farmers are recommended to protect/increase the cover of natural and semi-natural habitats in the vicinity of their coffee fields to receive high economic benefits from pollinating services delivered by bees.