It’s not just the plight of the bumblebee, we need to protect all our pollinators

Kate Rowell, Grantham Institute and Imperial College Business School Master’s student studying Climate Change, Management and Finance, looks at why bees are suffering the impacts of climate change and what this means for global biodiversity and food security. What’s the problem? Three quarters of global food production relies on pollination to some degree, and for 5-8% pollination is vital. Similarly, 87.5% of the world’s flowering plants … Continue reading It’s not just the plight of the bumblebee, we need to protect all our pollinators

African smallholder farmers responding to an uncertain climate future

by Dr Katrin Glatzel and Alice Marks, Agriculture for Impact With just a couple of months left till the world’s leaders gather in Paris to agree on a new international climate change agreement, the Montpellier Panel launched a report last week addressing some of the key challenges we face in helping smallholder farmers become more resilient in the face of climate change. “The Farms of … Continue reading African smallholder farmers responding to an uncertain climate future

Feeding the planet: is genetic modification part of the solution?

SSCP-DTP student Rogier Hintzen considers the role of genetically modified crops in eradicating hunger. Global food production seems to be doing rather well on the surface. With the world’s population breaching the 7 billion mark, undernourishment rates have fallen in line with the Millennium Development Goals (soon to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals, to be finalised later this week in New York). However, 1 … Continue reading Feeding the planet: is genetic modification part of the solution?