By T. Kumsa & G. Ballantyne
There is a growing awareness of the benefits pollinators provide for habitats and for human society. Their role in supporting agricultural services is especially important. 85% of our food crop species rely on pollinators for successful production and many of the wild plants we depend on for climate, water and soil regulation also rely on pollinators.
Worryingly, an increasing number of studies are finding evidence of declines in pollinator populations. However, we still don’t have a full picture of what is happening, as the majority of this evidence comes from Europe and America. The aim of this review paper is to help raise awareness of the need for more research into pollinators in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).