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Working together for sustainable agriculture

CropLife Africa Middle East, a member of CropLife International, is a regional federation representing the plant science industry and a network of national associations in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Our company members include BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow Agrosciences, Dupont, FMC, Monsanto, Sumitomo and Syngenta. These companies are committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology.

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Crop protection practices reduce the overall loss potential of 50% to actual losses of about 29%: 10% to pathogens, 2% to viruses, 8% to animal pests and 9% to weeds (1996-1998 on a regional basis for 17 regions).
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Since biotech cotton was introduced in the United States, songbird populations have increased 37% in Mississippi, 34% in Alabama and 10% in Texas.

(2008). Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture: Making it Work . .

The top eight countries in 2009, each of which grew more than 1 million hectares, in decreasing order of hectarage were: USA(64.0 million hectares), Brazil (21.4) Argentina (21.3), India (8.4), Canada (8.2), China (3.7), Paraguay (2.2), and South Aafrica (2.1 million hectares).
(2009). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009 The first fourteen years. Brief No. 41: Executive Summary. : Ithaca, NY.

A new crop protection product takes 8 to 9 years and in excess of US$200 million to develop (from discovery to first sales). Of this total, as much as 40% is spent on researching environmental fate and impacts.

, (2009). The Challenges of Chemical Control of Plant Diseases. Recent Developments in Management of Plant Diseases.

Conservation tillage enabled by low impact weed control products have reduced soil erosion by 50-98%.

(2006). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2006. Brief No 35. : Ithaca, NY.

US Wheat Soil Loss 1987-2007: The indicator of soil loss for wheat made significant progress during the period 1987 through 1997 as soil loss above T decreased from approximately four tons to two tons per acre. Over the twenty year study period, tons per acre decreased 39%. Similarly, soil loss efficiency improved dramatically, roughly 50%, with most improvements over the first half of the study period and more gradual improvements in the second half.

(2009). Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture . .

The Cost of bringing a new Active Ingredient to the Market (EU and USA) The overall costs of discovery and development of a new crop protection product increased by 21.1% from $152 million. (€115million) in 1995, to reach $184 million. (€140million) in 2000. From 2000 to the 2005-8 period, costs increased by 39.1% to $256 m., equivalent to €189 million at constant exchange rates.

(2010). Agrochemical Industry Research and Development Expenditure. .

Nearly all estimates of future demand for agricultural goods suggest a need to double agricultural production by 2050, if not before.

(2006). World agriculture: towards 2030/2050. : Rome.

16% of U.S. agricultural land is irrigated - irrigated land produces 2.5 times more than non-irrigated land.


Updated global impact assessments for biotech crops indicate that for the period 1996 to 2008 economic gains of US$51.9 billion were generated from two sources, firstly, reduced production costs (50%), and secondly, substantial yield gains (50%) of 167 million tons; the latter would have required 62.6 million additional hectares had biotech crops not been deployed. (2009). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009 The first fourteen years. Brief No. 41: Executive Summary. : Ithaca, NY.

The IMF estimated in April 2008 that food prices represented 44% of global inflation in 2007, and as much as 67.5% in Asia.

(2008). Comprehensive Framework for Action. . .

Latest Newsletter
Newsletter November 2014


   - North Africa Middle East Mini - Hub Meeting
   - CropLife Africa Middle Host holds year-end Board Meeting in Milan
   - Container Management Project Team meeting with Country Managers: 7 – 9 October : CMPT Meeting on 10 October.
   - Stewardship Steering Committee Meeting: Washington, 21 October
   - IPM / RU Project Team, Washington 22 October
   - Regional Regulatory Committee Meets in Egypt
   - A new obsolete pesticides collaboration between FAO and CropLife International
   - SSP Concept Promoted during World Cocoa Foundation Conference
   - AVCASA / CropLife South Africa is an AgriSETA accredited training service provider. The CropLife SA erial Applicators Course that was recently approved by the AgriSETA was offered for the first time to a group of aerial applicators
   - Africa Agri Forum: Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire

   - Health and Environment Monitoring Training Workshop for the CSP: Burkina Faso

Plant Biotechnology
   - Côte d’Ivoire: Plant Biotech workshop on rules and procedures covering GMO’s.
   - Cameroon may take on genetically modified cotton in 3 years
   - MPs Promise Action towards Lifting Ban on GM Foods in Kenya

Newsletter November 2014 [ 1.4 mb ]

General publications

Annual Activities Report 2008-2009(10/08/2009)

Advancing agricultural innovation through public-private partnerships(04/12/2009)

Farming First Climate Change brochure(27/10/2009)

Facts and figures - The status of global agriculture (2008-2009)(10/08/2009)

Supplying Sustainably 2008-2009(10/08/2009)

This is Agriculture (2008-2009)(10/08/2009)

Guide for industry on the implementation of the Int. Code of Conduct on the distribution and use of pesticides(28/02/2008)

IPM Responsible Use Case Studies(19/06/2008)

Water Matters for Sustainable Agriculture(01/04/2004)

Biodiversity Case Studies - Managing natural resources sustainably(13/07/2007)

Conservation technologies - Managing Natural Resources Sustainably(01/09/2005)

The Role of Agricultural Technologies and Biodiversity Conservation(01/11/2004)


Farmer case studies (African region)

Farmer Profile - Zambia - Faro Munjanja - Building a future on the farm(06/01/2010)

Farmer Profile - Malawi - Kamtoseni - farmer sustains community(29/09/2009)

Farmer Profile - South Africa - Enslyn - Improving Productivity through Technology(24/06/2009) 

Farmer Profile - Malawi - Kalima - Agriculture Feeds People(16/06/2009)

Farmer Profile - South Africa - Lombard - Stewardship for a Future on the Farm(16/06/2009) 

Farmer Profile - South Africa - Khoza - A fair deal for future farmers(19/05/2009)

Farmer Profile - Zambia - Arnold - Weathering change(24/04/2009)

Meetings & Events
General Assembly Meeting
  • June 11, 2014
    Brussels Belgium

Executive Committee Meetings
  • June 10 & 11, 2014
    Brussels Belgium

  • November 6 & 7, 2014
    Venue TBA

Hub & Regulatory Meetings
  • W+CA Hub & Regulatory Meeting April 23 – 24, 2014
    Yaoundé, Cameroon

  • E+SA Hub & Regulatory Meeting August 26 – 27, 2014

  • NA+ME Hub & Regulatory Meeting End October, 2014
    Further details to follow

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