Advancing innovation in agriculture and working together with other stakeholders is core to producing more nutritious food and achieving sustainable food systems. Plant science innovations play, and will continue to play, a key role in protecting and enhancing biodiversity.
On behalf of CropLife International, a survey was undertaken to provide information on actions and programs undertaken by our member companies to improve biodiversity and help mitigate the effects of climate change, and to support the industry’s meaningful engagement in global discussions around the post-2020 biodiversity framework.
This culminated in a report providing a systematic overview of these activities, including key outcomes and collates a wide range of contributing projects providing detail and links to original data and studies. An addendum to the report, focusing on pollinators, was published in 2022. The actions taken by the industry in support of biodiversity also include interactions and partnerships with academia, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), industry coalitions such as the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), and input to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Farmers and the food supply chain face a multitude of challenges including the need to produce more food from fewer resources and under less predictable growing conditions. Biodiversity and ecosystem services concepts offer a holistic and integrative approach to developing solutions to these challenges. This report concludes with selected programs that can be scaled up to support Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve biodiversity and mitigate climate change impacts.