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Overview Pollinator Biodiversity & Services

Pollination is critical to sustaining human nutrition and agricultural livelihoods. Studies show a decline in pollinator biodiversity in regions such as North America and Europe 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 or contribute to global assessments. 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 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.

  • Our grantmaking initiatives aim to meet needs in Africa to establish pollinator biodiversity baselines, assessment tools, and data sharing platforms.
  • We seek to increase the ability of the agriculture sector to use biodiversity data collection and assessment tools to make the case for pollinator management and improved practices.

Recent Pollinator News and Stories

East African Cave Bat Surveys Begin

JRS is pleased to support a new grant with National Museums of Kenya : Illuminating Understudied Caves to Highlight Plant Pollination and Seed Dispersal Services by Bats.  Cave bats are keystone species that serve as seed dispersal and pollination agents…

Growing Citizen Science and Bee Watching in South Africa

JRS grantee North-West University provided the following update for their grant Building Bee Taxonomic Capacity Among Citizen Scientists in South Africa Bees are delightful little animals. Despite being small and lots of different species many are fairly easy to identify.…

Pollinator Grants

Project Title


Amount / Months


Institute of Ecology at National Autonomous University of Mexico
$162,500 / 30 Months
Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute
$ 275,000 / 36 Months
Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology
$ 240,000.00 / 36 Months
Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)
$277,794 / 36 months

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