Welcome to BES-Net’s Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production module.

This module aims at providing online learning and networking opportunities on issues in the interface between science, policy and practice related to Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production.

In this module, you can learn more about the organisations who are working in this field, share information and knowledge, connect and interact with experts from around the globe, and find possible solutions to your specific questions.

How does pollination occur and which pollinators are associated with food production?

According to North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), an initiative under the Pollinator Partnership, “pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind”.

In terms of the distinction between different kinds of services provide to humans by ecosystems, pollination by animals can be seen as a regulating ecosystem service that underpins food production. Animal pollinations also contributes to gene flows and restoration of ecosystems.

An important issue for policymakers in recent years has been the decline of bee populations in parts of North America and Europe, through a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, impacting negatively on pollination of crops and fruit trees. Policy- and decision-makers need to understand this problem in order to take the best actions to address it.

This module has been developed in collaboration with the IPBES Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), both supporting the IPBES Assessment on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production.




Organisations and Initiatives

The following organisations and initiatives are leaders in the field of Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production. They have provided content, experts, and more to BES-Net. To learn more about a particular organization and the work they are doing click below.

Search library

Search or browse through our library of existing resources on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production. Entries include scientific articles, reports, policy briefs, webinars, videos, and more. To view a particular resource, click below.


These individuals are experts in the field of Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production. BES-Net experts come from a wide range of sectors, from community activists to research scientists. They are available to answer questions, respond to polls, and engage in conversation with BES-Net users on their area of expertise. To learn more about an expert and their work, or get in touch with them, click below.