Making science work for development

Pollination and International Development Webinar

Honey production and crop pollination. Credit:
Friday 26th January 2018, 14.00 - 15.30
Online Webinar

An international webinar bringing together a selection of key academics, development NGOs, international organisations and UK funding bodies to highlight the relevance of pollination to international development, discuss knowledge gaps and identify channels for capacity building.

Why this is important:

Pollinator declines have the potential to negatively affect communities in developing countries in a variety of ways, from reducing crop yields and value of crop products, to increasing the volatility of food prices, reducing access to micronutrient supplies and threatening income from honey production. Barriers to addressing these issues include a regionally-biased evidence base, important knowledge gaps and lack of capacity in the developing world. This webinar brings together relevant parties to discuss ways of navigating these challenges. 

Aims of the webinar:

  • Hear from relevant academics & organisations on the range of work being done in this field
  • Discuss knowledge gaps and progress barriers and potential ways of addressing these
  • Identify key channels for in-country knowledge exchange and capacity building
  • Outline the UK’s potential contribution to filling knowledge gaps and building capacity


Barbara Gemmill-Herren, FAO - Adviser to the CBD and FAO on updated International Pollinator Initiative and former Delivery Manager of Biodiversity for Food & Agriculture programme at the FAO

Samuel Myers, Harvard University – Planetary Health academic with work on links between pollinator declines and human health

Hien Ngo, IPBES Secretariat – Technical support head for the IPBES pollination assessment

Janet Lowore, Bees for Development – Programme manager for Africa

Mary Gikungu, National Museums of Kenya -  Head of the Centre for Bee Biology and Pollination

Thomas Timberlake, UKCDS (Meeting chair) – Pollination and development researcher

These speakers will be joined by a range of other academics and representatives from relevant organisations and UK funding bodies such as NERC, BBSRC and Wellcome Trust to contribute to a structured discussion session.


To register interest in attending this webinar, please contact: eventsatukcds [dot] org [dot] uk

See the full agenda and all slides for the meeting here.