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Overview Pollinator Biodiversity & Services

While pollination is critical to sustaining human nutrition and agricultural livelihoods, studies show a decline in pollinator biodiversity in regions where long-term studies are available. In Africa, the conservation sector lacks the baseline data, effective monitoring methods, information services, and evidence of pollinator status and value to influence policy. Currently, the main end-user of pollinator information is the agriculture sector, which must manage pollination to increase productivity and reduce reliance on chemicals.

Our primary goal for the Pollinator Biodiversity Program is to increase the accessibility and quality of pollinator biodiversity data through a long-term investment in collecting baseline data, developing technologies and methods to do so, and creating data sharing platforms relevant at regional and local levels.

  • We are developing grantmaking initiatives in Pollinator Biodiversity Knowledge and in Applied Pollinator Biodiversity Informatics. We seek to support partnerships that advance pollinator data collection methods, shared data platforms, and plant-pollinator data standards.
  • Applied pollinator informatics may include the data and technologies to inform the development and practice of more sustainable agriculture and linking biodiversity data to human-caused pressures at local and regional scales.

Recent Pollinator News and Stories

Workshop Participants Dive into Dipterology

In November 2017, partners of the JRS Biodiversity Project “PINDIP” held a two-week training course in dipterology (the study of the two-winged or "true flies" for you non-dipterologists). The course provided researchers with a basic training on the identification and ecology…

New JRS Grant Will Help Illuminate Pollinator-Plant Interactions in Sub-Saharan Africa

SEATTLE, Washington – January 24, 2018 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is proud to announce a new $324,000 award to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) to develop an African Pollinator Plant Interaction (APPI) database, a public platform containing pollinator-plant interaction records.   Pollinator biodiversity loss is occurring worldwide, predominately due to the…

Pollinator Grants

Project Title


Amount / Months


International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
$324,040 / 36 months
College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka
$249,943 / 36 months
Royal Museum for Central Africa
$209,000 / 36 Months
National Museums of Kenya
$264,200 / 36 Months
Institute of Ecology at National Autonomous University of Mexico
$162,500 / 30 Months
Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute
$ 275,000 / 36 Months

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