FAO's Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture


FAO’s Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture exists within the framework of its Strategic Objective for increasing and improving the provision of goods and services from agriculture, and its commitment to facilitating and coordinating the International Pollinator Initiative (since 2000). Through the Global Action, FAO has worked with partners from a range of sectors including government, academia, research institutions and global experts to move forward the pollinator and pollination agenda. Some examples of work undertaken through the Global Action are:

  • Participation in events at national and international levels
  • Provision of support to and/or liaise with regional initiatives (e.g. African Pollinators Initiative)
  • Addressing climate change and pollination services
  • Awareness-raising
  • Developing and providing tools and guidance documents

The Global Action also develops and implements projects, together with partners and colleagues globally, and through funding from a range of committed donors.


  • "Conservation and Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture, through an Ecosystem Approach" (GEF/UNEP/FAO)
  • “Building Capacity in the Science-Policy Interface of Pollination Services” (Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management – Government of Norway)
  • “LIBERATION” - LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective eco-functional intensificATION (European Union - Seventh Framework Programme)

Through its Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture, FAO has worked with partners to move forward the pollinator and pollination agenda, including through collaborations, provision of technical and policy advice and projects.

Other projects include an EU-ACP project "Action Against Desertification (AAD)"  that supports local communities in six African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – as well as in Fiji and Haiti) promotes the diversification of economic activities by reinforcing Non-Timber Forest Products value chains directly linked to restoration. Beekeeping for honey production in particular has been selected and prioritised by all communities across the board in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific to provide an incentive in protecting and managing flowering trees, grasses and shrubs.