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20 Years, Too Late

20 Years, Too Late

Skyrocketing food prices, grain blockades, and the ever-increasing impacts of climate change are the challenges of today. So, do we really have 20 years to wait for game-changing technologies to reach our farmers?

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Accelerating multi-stakeholder platforms on the road to COP27

Accelerating multi-stakeholder platforms on the road to COP27

At CropLife, we believe that agriculture can be a solution to climate change. Providing food and nutrition security to the world, agriculture is the backbone of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and can have wider benefits for sustained, inclusive economic growth.

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Innovation for the Agriculture of the Future

Innovation for the Agriculture of the Future

At CropLife International, our purpose is to advance innovation in agriculture for a sustainable future and, working with others, to play a leading role in enabling sustainable food systems. Against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, food security has never been more vital nor our role in supporting access to farm inputs more critical. It is imperative now that we champion the role innovation and technologies can play in addressing the paradox of producing more nutritious food for a growing population within planetary boundaries.

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Stewardship is an Avenue for Achieving our Global Ambitions

Stewardship is an Avenue for Achieving our Global Ambitions

Last week CropLife International hosted its first ever Festival of Stewardship with more than 300 participants from our member companies and regional associations. Over three days we heard presentations from around the world on ways good stewardship practices help us achieve our global ambitions. I left the festival motivated to build on that momentum to accelerate our stewardship efforts and strategies for lasting and sustainable impact.

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2022 presents the biggest opportunity for agriculture to come together to commit to delivering more sustainable food systems

2022 presents the biggest opportunity for agriculture to come together to commit to delivering more sustainable food systems

The past few years have presented the world with unexpected challenges and opportunities, and 2022 promises to accelerate these trends and transitions. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating food insecurity and the vulnerability of supply chains globally. As we continue to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, we are committed to working in multi-stakeholder systems to do our part to minimize the impact of the pandemic wherever possible. As a global community, we must be ready to face the challenges presented in 2022. The same will be true for agriculture.

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The UN Food Systems Summit is a Unique Opportunity To Realize The Key Role Of Inclusive Dialogue, Innovation and Partnerships to Grow More Sustainable Food Systems

The UN Food Systems Summit is a Unique Opportunity To Realize The Key Role Of Inclusive Dialogue, Innovation and Partnerships to Grow More Sustainable Food Systems

The United Nations Food Systems Summit is providing an opportunity for the first time for the world to come together and participate in meaningful and inclusive discussions to identify key levers and game-changing solutions to address one of the world’s biggest challenges: how to feed the world more nutritious food within the planetary boundaries.

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Unleashing Innovation to Transform Local Food Systems – Dialogue Takeaways

Unleashing Innovation to Transform Local Food Systems – Dialogue Takeaways

In May, CropLife International helped organize an Independent Dialogue to better understand the role that innovation can play in delivering future food systems that continue to meet society’s expectations while sustaining the livelihoods of agri-food chain actors and respecting planetary boundaries.

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Making Agri-food Systems More Resilient

Making Agri-food Systems More Resilient

We spoke with Dr. Martin Kropff, director general of CIMMYT and newly appointed global director of resilient agri-food systems of CGIAR, to tell us about their extraordinary work. He describes how plant science contributes to making these crops more resilient and helps improve their ability to deliver more sustainable food systems.

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Farmers Need to Speak For Themselves

Farmers Need to Speak For Themselves

“Science can make farming more resilient, as agriculture is actually very scientific,” says Ruramiso Mashumba a young smallholder farmer from Zimbabwe. But how can we best match technology solutions with farmer needs, and how can smallholder farmers communicate those needs back to scientists and policymakers? Ruramiso shares her thoughts.

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Dr. Rattan Lal on Soil Health, Plant Science and Food Security

Dr. Rattan Lal on Soil Health, Plant Science and Food Security

Food chains start from the ground up. Healthy, nutrient-rich soil is key for growing the food we need to feed a rapidly growing global population. A renewed focus on soil health can lead to more efficient crop yields that will strengthen global food chains and improve global food and nutrition security.

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Ebbing Tides: The Battle Against Hunger 50 Years after the Green Revolution

Ebbing Tides: The Battle Against Hunger 50 Years after the Green Revolution

“Agriculture at its best has always been a marriage and collaboration of science and the farmers who grow our food. When the two come together, magic happens.” Julie Borlaug shares her views on agriculture today 50 years after her grandfather, Dr. Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution,” was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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How Science-Based Regulations Can Improve Trade

How Science-Based Regulations Can Improve Trade

Plant breeding has dramatically increased grain harvests and productivity. But, non-scientific barriers placed by some governments prevent farmers from being able to grow their crops more sustainably. Read on to see Paul Spencer’s viewpoint on the role governments can play in making trade more efficient.

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Detroit: The Place to Bee

Detroit: The Place to Bee

Bees are a landmark of a healthy agricultural system for home gardeners and large growers alike, but what do they mean for underserved communities? Turns out, more than anyone thought. We spoke with Detroit Hives, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization, founded in 2017 by Timothy Jackson and Nicole Lindsey in Detroit, Michigan US to find out how urban bee farming contributes to food security and community.

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Global Logistics and Plant Science

Global Logistics and Plant Science

Marion Matthewman is the Head of Global Logistics at Syngenta and we spoke with Marion about the supply chain. Her daily work within all aspects of the movement of seeds, crop protection and other inputs to farmers provides a unique perspective in times like this on the impacts of production and processing disruptions.

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The Need to Overcome Polarized Viewpoints

The Need to Overcome Polarized Viewpoints

The global debate around food production is far from clear cut. But for the first time in many years, a sense of urgency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing together in unprecedented numbers a wide swath of stakeholders in the agriculture and food value chains. This call to action centers on the need to transform the food system in order to achieve a common goal – producing more safe and nutritious food to feed the growing world population sustainably.

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