Best Reports From 2019
December 11, 2019
In the News
As we head into 2020, make sure you are equipped with the most up-to-date stats, facts, and information on plant science that came out this past year. Check out the best reports from the last 12 months and make sure you didn’t miss one!
An In-Depth Analysis on the Viability of Growing Without Herbicides, Fungicides, and Insecticides
Farming Without Plant Protection Products: European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)
This document presents the current role of crop protection in securing global food production, preserving biodiversity and supporting farmers’ income and calls into question whether producers in the European Union can meet a growing population’s nutritional demands without the use of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.
The report concludes that crop production in the EU without crop protection is not realistic and to improve the sustainability of crop production, the responsible intensification of Integrated Pest Management is one of the most promising options.
Annual Update on Biotech Crops Around the World
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2018: ISAAA
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) reported that the adoption of biotech crops has reached 191.7 million hectares in 26 countries planted by 17 million farmers. Additionally, in developing countries, planting biotech crops has helped increase the incomes for millions of smallholder farmers and their families, bringing improved financial stability to more than 65 million people.
The ISAAA annual global biotech crop acreage report features data on the environmental and socio-economic benefits of plant biotechnology.
A Report on the Global Status of the Sound Management of Chemicals
Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The Global Chemicals Outlook II report finds that while progress has been made towards the sound management of chemicals and waste, efforts must be increased to ensure effective management of chemicals in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the report at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA).
CropLife International welcomes the GCO-II document which calls for a range of actions to help meet the global goals – including improved capacity building, lifecycle approaches, hazard and risk management, and use of science in policymaking.
The First Global Assessment of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture: FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
This report addresses the sustainable use, development and conservation of the diversity of animals, plants and micro-organisms at the genetic, species and ecosystem level. This diversity sustains structures, functions and processes in and around production systems and provide food and non-food agricultural products.
Additionally, it describes the many contributions that biodiversity makes to food security and nutrition, livelihoods, and the sustainable intensification of food production.
A Study on the Burden of Crop Pests Around the World
The Global Burden of Pathogens and Pests on Major Food Crops: Nature Research
This expert-based assessment of crop health provides numerical estimates of yield losses on an individual pathogen and pest basis for five major crops globally and in food security hotspots. The estimates consist of quantitative, standardized information on crop losses compared across crops, agroecosystems and regions.
The results of the study results suggest that crop losses can be comparatively lower in regions generating large production and surpluses, whereas crop losses can be very high in food-insecure hotspots.
An Assessment of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
This report assesses the status and trends of the natural world, the social implications of these trends, their direct and indirect causes, and, importantly, the actions that can still be taken to ensure a better future for all.
The report states that nature and its vital contributions to people are deteriorating worldwide, and drivers of change have accelerated during the past 50 years. However, a point is also made that nature can be conserved, restored and used sustainably while other global societal goals are simultaneously met through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change.
Report on Agricultural Productivity Around the World
Productivity Growth for Sustainable Diets, and More: 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity Report
This year’s culmination of expertise from the private sector, NGOs, conservation and nutrition organizations, Virginia Tech and other universities, and global research institutions has found that by accelerating productivity growth, global nutrition and environmental goals can be achieved. The report also notes that innovative agricultural technologies and best farm management practices, combined with attention to ecosystem services, drive productivity growth and can be tailored for all scales of agricultural production.
A Special Report on Climate Change and Land
Special Report on Climate Change and Land: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
This United Nations report addresses shifting greenhouse gas levels in land-based ecosystems, climate-smart land use and sustainable land management, desertification, land degradation and food security. It follows last year’s Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C and specifies that agriculture and the food system are key to global climate change responses. “For adaptation and mitigation [to climate change] throughout the food system, enabling conditions need to be created through policies, markets, institutions, and governance.”
Progress Report on the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019: United Nations
This report tracks global progress on the SDGs and shows that, while advances have been made in some areas, monumental challenges remain. The report spotlights areas that require urgent attention and more rapid progress to realize the 2030 Agenda’s far-reaching vision, and highlights the importance of investing in data for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
In the analyzation of SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, small-scale food producers are named as a big part of the solution to world hunger yet unfortunately, support to the agriculture sector from domestic and foreign sources continues its downward trend.