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CropLife International Appoints New President and CEO

CropLife International, the global federation representing the plant science industry, is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Emily Rees as the new President and CEO of CropLife International, effective March 13.

Press Release Feb 15, 2023

CropLife International and Gafta Welcome WTO Declaration Responding to Modern SPS Challenges

World Trade Organization Agreement Can Enhance Food Security, Support Farmers, and Enable Transition to Sustainable Food Systems

Press Release Jun 17, 2022

CropLife International and World Farmers’ Organisation Expand Partnership to Elevate Farmer Voices

Building on a multi-year relationship, CropLife and WFO pledge to improve farmer representation in global policy debates.

Press Release Jun 15, 2022

CropLife International is pleased to announce the election of J. Erik Fyrwald, CEO, Syngenta to succeed Liam Condon, President of Bayer Crop Science as Chairman of its Board of Directors

Press Release Oct 25, 2021

Welcoming the EU’s’s Study on New Genomic Techniques

CropLife International’s statement welcoming the European Union’s study on genomic techniques.

Press Release May 12, 2021

CropLife International Publishes Recommendations for Modernizing the Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops

CropLife International announces the publication of peer-reviewed recommendations to modernize the regulation of genetically modified crops in the open access Journal of Regulatory Science.

Press Release Jan 19, 2021

CropLife International and FAO Agree to New Strategic Partnership

CropLife International has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This will allow us to further strengthen the relations between our organizations to deliver sustainable food systems and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Press Release Oct 16, 2020

Plant Science Industry Prepared to Support Farmers and a Stable Food Supply

CropLife International and the plant science industry support the international efforts to prevent further spread and impact of COVID-19. We applaud the efforts of those working tirelessly to protect our global population and stand ready to support those farming communities that are working to ensure a stable food supply during these challenging times.

Press Release Mar 19, 2020

CropLife International Appoints New CEO and President

CropLife International is pleased to announce the appointment of Giulia Di Tommaso as its new CEO and President, to continue to lead the plant science industry in its mission to deliver sustainable solutions to farmers.

Press Release Sep 05, 2019

CropLife Statement on European Patent Office Decision on the Patentability of Plants Obtained by Essentially Biological Processes (Case T 1063/18)

CropLife welcomes the decision of the European Patent Office (EPO) in case T1063/18 declaring Rule 28(2) as not applicable because it is in conflict with Art 53b) of the European Patent Convention. Rule 28(2) in the Implementing Regulations of the European Patent Convention excludes from patentability of plants exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process. CropLife also notes that the Board of Appeal also decided to remit the case to a first instance for further examination of remaining patentability requirements.

Press Release Dec 14, 2018

CropLife International Applauds Science and Evidence-based Decisions at the 2018 Biodiversity Convention

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt — 30 November 2018 — CropLife International and the Global Industry Coalition (GIC) applaud the significant efforts of Parties that went into the 2018 Biodiversity Convention negotiations held this month in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, including the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-14), the Ninth meeting of the Conferences of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-8), and the Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP-MOP-3).

Press Release Nov 30, 2018

Evolution of the Crop Protection Industry Since 1960 – Press Release

New report looks at how the crop protection industry has evolved over the past 60 years.

Press Release Nov 20, 2018

Statement: International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology

Press Release Nov 05, 2018

Plant Biotech Industry Welcomes Procedure to Avoid Conflicts of Interest in Expert Groups Convened Under the Convention on Biological Diversity

CropLife International congratulates the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SBI) on a decision that recommends to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that they adopt a decision outlining a procedure for avoiding or managing conflicts of interest by members of expert groups established under the Conventions and its subsidiary Protocols. CropLife International’s statement is available for download below.

Press Release Jul 16, 2018

Informa Study Quantifies Significant Economic and Social Benefits from Timely Regulation of Ag Biotech Products

Predictable import approvals support new innovations for farmers, consumers, and the environment. 

Press Release May 30, 2018

CropLife International Statement on Indian Court Ruling that Jeopardizes Agricultural Innovation

In April 2018, the Delhi High Court ruled to invalidate a patent for an insect resistant biotech cotton variety. This decision sets a far-damaging precedent for intellectual property rights and the future of innovation in India for the plant biotech and many other industries. CropLife International’s  statement is available for download below:

Press Release May 29, 2018

CropLife International Issues Statement on Proposed China Tariff

In response to the proposed U.S. tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce released a list of potential U.S. products that might be subject to import levies. This list include a proposed 25 percent tax on U.S. soybean imports. CropLife International’s statement is available for download below:

Press Release Apr 09, 2018

Crop Protection Industry Launches Global Transparency Initiative

Today, CropLife International and its member companies have made a global, voluntary commitment to enable more public access to safety data related to its crop protection products. The initiative stems from the industry’s commitment to transparency, responsibility and sustainability. The press release is attached.

Press Release Mar 27, 2018

Pesticide Labeling Initiative to Help Farmers Tackle Pest Resistance

Press release attached.

Press Release Mar 08, 2018

CropLife International’s Implementation Guide an Important Resource as the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress Enters into Force

Press release attached.

Press Release Mar 07, 2018

Plant Science Industry Supports Governments’ Call for Sound Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Press release attached.

Press Release Dec 14, 2017

Plant Biotech Industry Welcomes Ratification of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Industry statement.

Press Release Dec 11, 2017

CropLife International Encourages Further Progress on Trade as U.S.-China 100-Day Action Plan Ends

Press Release Jul 18, 2017

CropLife International Welcomes Clear Timeline for China-U.S. Agricultural Trade Decisions

Brussels – 13 May 2017 – CropLife International’s Howard Minigh, president and chief executive officer, released the following statement in response to the 100-Day Action Plan of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue.

Press Release May 13, 2017

Global Plant Science Industry Celebrates Earth Day

22 April 2017–Nearly 400,000 plant species provide our planet with the nutritious food, fiber, fresh air, and medicine we need to survive, but it is estimated that roughly one-fifth of those are at risk of extinction due to environmental threats. On this 47th anniversary of Earth Day, CropLife International and the plant science industry have joined together to celebrate the agricultural innovations that have improved the productivity, health and quality of crops while reducing agriculture’s environmental impact.

Press Release Apr 21, 2017

CropLife International Supports Outcome of Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagena Biosafety Protocol Discussions

CropLife International and the Global Industry Coalition (GIC) applaud the productive negotiations that took place at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) meetings in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016, including the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-13), the Eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-8), and the Second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (COP-MOP-2).

Press Release Dec 18, 2016

Food Heroes Celebrated at World Food Prize

CropLife International has launched its  Food Heroes campaign, which not only celebrates the farmers that grow our food, but also the plant scientists that help farmers with crop protection products and improved seeds. See the press release here.

Press Release Oct 12, 2016

Cost of Crop Protection Innovation Increases to $286 Million per Product

Every crop protection product that reaches the market costs $286 million and takes 11 years of research and development to ensure the highest safety and efficacy standards, according to a new report published today (Wednesday, April 13).

Press Release Apr 13, 2016

CropLife International Statement on the Conclusion of ICCM4

The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), a United Nations process within the framework of the Strategic Approach for International Chemicals Management (SAICM), concluded today agreeing to guidelines for meeting the 2020 goals for sound chemicals management. CropLife International President and CEO Howard Minigh led a crop protection industry delegation at the conference. He has issued the following statement.

Press Release Oct 02, 2015

Industry Takes Positive Action on Management of HHPs

Press Release Sep 29, 2015

Endocrine Society Disregards State of Science Around Chemical Exposures

Press Release Sep 29, 2015

Crop Protection Regulation Protects Humans and the Environment

CropLife International has released its Policy Perspective on Endocrine Disruptors which demonstrates that current crop protection product regulations ensure high levels of protection for human health and the environment.

Press Release Sep 28, 2015

Farmer Incomes Double in Honduras: Pest Control Plays Key Role

Public-private partnership helps train 30,000 farmers on good agricultural practices to boost incomes and tackle poverty.

Press Release Sep 16, 2015

International Standard Proposed for Plant Breeders’ Rights

A joint paper proposing an International System of Cooperation (ISC) for plant breeders’ rights (PBR) was presented to the UPOV Consultative Committee for consideration on 27 March 2014. Invited by UPOV in October 2014, the paper is the collaborative output of three associations: the International Seed Federation (ISF), CropLife International (CLI) and CIOPORA.

Press Release Apr 15, 2015

Annual Report 2014

CropLife International’s great strength is in uniting the plant science industry to speak with one voice and champion the role of these agricultural innovations and products on the international stage. This 2014 annual report demonstrates where CropLife International has assembled a network of members, partners and allies to promote the essential role of plant science in global agriculture.

Annual Report Apr 08, 2015

Statement on IARC’s Carcinogenic Review of Crop Protection Products

Today, Friday March 20, the Lancet Oncology published conclusions from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that found five crop protection products to be “possibly” or “probably” carcinogenic to humans. CropLife International has issued the following statement in response.

Press Release Mar 20, 2015

Global Biotech Crop Acreage Nears 20 Years of Continuous Growth

Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual assessment of global biotech crop acreage, showing that 18 million farmers planted 181.5 million hectares of biotech crops across 28 countries in 2014, the 18th straight year of growth and the most ever in a single year. Bangladesh became the newest country growing biotech crops after approving Bt brinjal plantings and, for the third straight year, developing countries grew the majority of biotech crops – demonstrating the technology is scale-neutral and can bring economic and environmental benefits to farms large and small.

Press Release Jan 29, 2015

New Study Finds Intellectual Property Secures Significant Benefits for Society

Analysis shows 80% of economic benefits from IP-protected agricultural innovation goes to farmers and consumers.

Press Release Nov 19, 2014

Paper Concludes Crop Protection Products Play Key Role in Meeting Global Food Demand

A panel of authors from academic institutions and the CropLife Foundation concludes that crop protection products will play a key role in supporting long-term global food production in both developed and developing countries, when paired with effective policies, proper regulations and responsible use training.

Press Release Nov 18, 2014

CropLife International Supports Outcome of Cartagena Biosafety Protocol Discussions

CropLife International and the Global Industry Coalition (GIC) applaud the productive negotiations that took place at this week’s Conference of the Parties serving as the seventh Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP-7) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (BSP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release Oct 03, 2014

CropLife International Re-Launches

Brussels, 29 June 2014 – CropLife International has re-launched the online database,, a global resource which provides data on the commercial status and national authorizations of plant biotech traits for cultivation, food and feed use, and importation worldwide. The Biotradestatus website is the first comprehensive and searchable online database to provide both the approval and commercial status for CropLife International member companies’ plant biotech traits worldwide so database users can easily determine which products are in the global marketplace.


Press Release Jun 29, 2014

Earth Day 2014 Statement

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge: The demand for food is rising rapidly, but we only have a finite amount of land on which to grow it. On Earth Day we are reminded that currently seven billion people live on this planet but by 2050 that figure will have risen to around nine billion. To feed the world in 2050 we will need to increase food production by at least 70 per cent while protecting the earth’s biodiversity and natural resources.

Press Release Apr 22, 2014

Agriculture Industry Celebrates Father of the Green Revolution

CropLife International and the plant science industry observe the centennial birthday of Dr Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Father of the Green Revolution, for his life-long work bringing agricultural innovations to smallholder farmers to improve crop productivity and food security.

Press Release Mar 25, 2014

New Studies Find Significant Benefits From Biotech Crops

This week, two independent reports published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) confirmed the positive benefits plant biotechnology has on farmers worldwide, and the potential impact it can have on helping farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change conditions in 2050.

Press Release Feb 13, 2014

Joint statement from ACC, Cefic, CLA, CLC, CLI and ECPA on review of WHO-UNEP 2012 report on Endocrine Disruptors

The 2012 WHO-UNEP report should not be used as the basis for supporting chemicals policy on endocrine disruptors, as the report does not provide an objective assessment of the current state of the science on endocrine disruption. Unfortunately, WHO-UNEP chose not to use a transparent process for selecting authors with recognized expertise and varying perspectives, failed to employ best practices for data collection and evaluation and relied on the authors’ judgment/opinion instead of ensuring the use of a transparent weight-of-evidence framework for objectively integrating results for determining cause and effect at relevant levels of exposure.

Press Release Feb 13, 2014

Making Sense of Intellectual Property at

Ever wondered how a life-changing idea becomes a real product? Or realize that nearly everything you use – from your car to your coffeemaker – is full of patent protections? In our world, intellectual property (IP) touches every aspect of our lives. It rewards inventors for turning ideas — from a better cup of coffee to a live-saving drug — into the technologies and innovative products which sustain and enhance our world. is a new movement to help make sense of IP and change the way we view the world around us.

Press Release Nov 06, 2013