Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

We face a global crisis. The significant decline of bee and other pollinator populations threatens food security, biodiversity and ecosystems with drastic consequences for the human race and the planet. The declines are the consequence of human activity: intensive agriculture, widespread use of pesticides and pollution caused by waste, climate change, and the ever-increasing global population.   

Bees are a keystone species and pollination is a keystone process in both natural terrestrial and human managed ecosystems. Bees pollinate most plants and trees, providing us with the food we eat and the clean air we breathe. Plants represent 82% of all living matter and plants and the  vast majority of flowering plant species can only produce seeds if their flowers are pollinated. Without pollination, countless interconnected species and the processes functioning within an ecosystem would collapse. Bees are critical to the future of the world’s 7.6 billion people and to the future of the planet we all call home.

In 2016, the international study of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) estimated that:

 
  • 87% of the world’s flowering plant species depend on pollination.

  • 1.4 billion jobs globally rely on pollinators.

  • 77% of the world food supply depends on pollinators.

  • US$ 235 billion - US$ 577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on pollinators.

 

The mission of the World Bee Project is to increase food security and livelihoods around the world by combining AI and sensor systems to provide critical knowledge and insights that enhance the livelihoods of the hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers around the world.

The vision of the World Bee Project is to deliver knowledge directly to the hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers around the world to enhance the contribution of honey bees and other pollinators to food security, farmers’ livelihoods and national economies.

The World Bee Project partnerships with a growing international network of partners and experts ensures world class multidisciplinary expertise and capacity in ecology, sustainable agriculture, social science and development studies as well as practical experience and capacity for extension, education and policy development.

 

The World Bee Project and Oracle Corporation have partnered to harvest and analyse vital acoustic data from the the World Bee Project Hive Network. The World Bee Project’s  pioneering partnership with Oracle will  analyse rates of bee declines in different regions of the world and the varying reasons for this  by gathering and analysing hitherto untapped pollination data via the Oracle Cloud. The knowledge and insights gained will contribute to improving livelihoods for the 1.5 billion people in smallholder farmer households, and inspire  invaluable local and global actions to create more sustainable ecosystems and improve food security and nutrition.

The World Bee Project is partnered with the  University of Reading, ranked 1st in the UK and 10th in the world for agriculture, to research and implement  programmes in the areas of food chain and health, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity in relation to pollinators and pollination.

The World Bee Project is a UK Community Interest Company (CIC), designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good. It is the UK equivalent of a US Benefit Corporation also known as  B. Corp.

The World Bee Project is a member of the UK Government’s Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) Pollinator Advisory Steering Group (PASG).