Committed to Solving Global Challenges
A message from Howard Minigh and Markus Heldt
The United Nations estimates that each year roughly 1.3 billion tons of food—or one-third of all food produced—ends up in the waste bins of consumers and retailers or spoiling due to poor transportation, storage and harvesting practices. What is more staggering is that this amount does not include potential crop losses from pests, weeds and diseases, which in some areas of the world can be as high as 40 percent. Now, compare those dismal numbers to the fact that one in nine people are undernourished globally and roughly 836 million people live in extreme poverty.
We can — and we must — do better.
In the next few decades, farmers will be tasked with the challenge of improving their production methods to keep up with the rising demand for food as the global population steadily increases. Continued research and development by the plant science industry on both crop protection and plant biotechnology will be vital in helping farmers prevent harvest losses from pests, weeds and diseases, yield more crops, and improve livelihoods all around the globe.
In 2015, CropLife International worked with governments, nongovernmental organizations and industry stakeholders to develop programs and initiatives aimed at addressing the critical issues of food safety and security and enhancing sustainable agricultural practices. We know that by providing the right technologies and services to farmers, we can not only help to increase the yields, but also protect the environment through the implementation of sustainable farming practices.
In the developing countries, the adoption of modern agricultural practices may lift millions of smallholder farmers out of poverty and provide them new opportunities – for today and into the future.
With each advancement in plant science, however, also comes challenges. The CropLife International network continues to be engaged in a dialogue with the farming community, policymakers and regulatory bodies to help remove some of the barriers that prevent biotech crops and crop protection products from becoming available to those who need the innovation the most—farmers.
The plant science industry is committed to working with world leaders to solve some of the most pressing humanitarian and environmental challenges.
CropLife International’s President and
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of CropLife International’s
Board of Directors
We invite you to learn more about our work in 2015 at the links below.