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Climate Change and Crop Pollination


A report that describes the effect of climate change on animal pollinators and crop pollination. This report from 2011 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) details the different climate variables, such as temperature, precipitation and extreme climate events that affect crop pollination. It further highlights the potential economic implications of climate change on crop pollination and, thereby, on global food security.

Students will understand the effects of climate change on pollinators, and the temperature sensitivity of crop pollinators and entomophilous crops. They will further learn about how climate change has affected quality and quantity of nectar and pollen, phenological events, pollinator behavior, visitation rates, and distribution.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the impacts of climate change on insect pollination?
  2. Discuss the importance of insect pollination for global food security.
About Tool
Tool Name Potential Effects of Climate Change on Crop Pollination
Discipline Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Pollination, Fertilisation, Insect Pollination, Pollinators, Plant-Pollinator, Adaptation, Botany, Biosphere, Agriculture, Food Security, Conservation, Systems, Adaptations, Nectar Guides, Types of Pollinators
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere, Climate Change and Food Security
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Hosted at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Website
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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