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CropLife Asia Awarded for New Approach to Farmer Communication

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in News Releases

India pollination project ‘Madhu Sandesh’ wins Asia Pacific Excellence Awards

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(Second and third from left) Somang Yang, CropLife Asia, and Ricky Ho, Bayer CropScience, receiving the Asia Pacific Excellence award during the ceremony

 

Singapore, 24 April 2017 –  CropLife Asia took home the Asia Pacific Excellence Award in the Non-Governmental Organizations & Associations category at a ceremony held on 19 April 2017 at the Harbour Grand Kowloon in Hong Kong.

 

Through the ‘Madhu Sandesh’ program, farmers in the state of Maharashtra, India are provided rental bee hives to ensure pollination of their crops. This not only results in improved yield and incomes for farmers but also instills a holistic understanding of the need to use crop protection products in a manner that protects the environment, ecosystems, and human health.

 

At the end of the first year, 90% of the 180 program participants reported better quality crops. Pomegranate farmers saw an average of 35% increase in their yields, corresponding to a 42% increase in income while the training they received helped reduce waste. Moreover, the farmers who benefitted from the program became greater advocates of promoting pollination, protecting the environment and using crop protection products responsibly. The programme continues to enroll more participants as it moves into its second year.

 

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition, which was made possible thanks to the effort and excellent teamwork of our partners ICAR and KVK Baramati,” said Dr Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia.

 

“The onus is on us to ensure farmers across the region are able to produce more food for a growing population with fewer resources as well as less impact on the environment – and realize the better quality of life that comes with higher yields. The ‘Madhu Sandesh’ project shows us an effective way to engage farmers with our core message on responsible use, and to ensure they spread this message in their communities.”

 

The Asia Pacific Excellence Awards are organized by Communication Director, a global magazine for corporate communications and public relations, and celebrate the most outstanding achievements of professionals and organizations in the field.

 

To find out more about the ‘Madhu Sandesh’ project, please watch this video at the following domain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QY1FOFqZo0

 

 

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Public Affairs                                                                            

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                    

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org                                                

CropLife Asia & Regional Plant Science Industry Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in News Releases

Singapore, 21 April 2017 – Nearly 400,000 plant species provide our planet with the nutritious food, fiber, fresh air, and medicine we need to survive, but it is estimated that roughly one-fifth of those are at risk of extinction due to environmental threats. On this 47th anniversary of Earth Day, CropLife Asia and the region’s plant science industry have joined together to celebrate the agricultural innovations that have improved the productivity, health and quality of crops while reducing agriculture’s environmental impact.

 

“Around Asia and the world, the plant science industry is working tirelessly to research and develop the next generation of crop protection and plant biotech tools and technologies that will help farmers grow healthier, more sustainable crops to feed a growing population,” said Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia. “Farming is one of the greatest users of the earth’s natural resources, which is why our industry continues working to provide the tools that will help farmers grow more with less and train them on environmentally friendly best practices.”

 

In celebrating Earth Day, below are five facts about how advances in plant science are reducing agriculture’s environmental impact and protecting our planet and its precious resources.

 

  • Fact #1: Plant biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on less land. Since biotech crops were first commercially planted in 1996, farmers have saved over 132 million hectares of land from cultivation and increased crop yields by 22 percent. This means preserving more wildlands and natural habitats for animals.

 

  • Fact #2: Crop protection products reduce food waste and protect biodiversity. Food crops compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of nematodes and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects, which have the potential to destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food production each year. Crop protection products help farmers fight off these pests while protecting their crops, reducing food loss.

 

  • Fact #3: Plant science is helping rebuild the world’s soil supply. Roughly 50,000 square kilometers of soil are lost annually due to erosion, and drought and poor weather conditions continue to degrade soil even further. Modern farming techniques, such as no-till, and technologies, such as biotech crops, are preserving the soil’s nutrients and moisture, which provides farmers with better quality soil to grow crops.

 

  • Fact #4: Innovations in plant biotechnology are reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint. Biotech crops enable agricultural practices such as reduced tillage, which allow farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by burning less fuel and retaining carbon in the soil. Since biotech crops were first planted over 20 years ago, farmers have reduced carbon emissions by 28 billion kilograms, or roughly the equivalent of taking all of London’s cars off the street for five years.

 

  • Fact #5: New developments in plant science aid in global water conservation. Agriculture uses 70 percent of all fresh water to grow crops, but innovative water-efficient biotech crops are helping farmers use this resource more efficiently. For example, one hectare of corn now uses 450,000 liters less water than it did to grow 20 years ago.

 

 

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

 

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Public Affairs                                                                            

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                    

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org              

Role of Plant Science in Supporting Indonesia & ASEAN Smallholder Farmers

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in News Releases

CropLife Asia Makes Case at Responsible Business Forum for Sustainable Food Security in the Region

 

Jakarta, March 14, 2016 – With today’s kickoff of the Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture in Jakarta, CropLife Asia Executive Director Dr. Siang Hee Tan highlighted the game-changing benefits of innovative plant science technologies and the role they play in benefitting smallholder farmers in ASEAN and Indonesia. Dr. Tan led a working group discussion panel focusing on how to improve regional smallholders’ access to finance, technology, knowledge and markets with the aim to enhance productivity, profitability, environmental stewardship across the value chain for grains.

 

Asia is home to 85% of the world’s 525 million smallholder farmers – and roughly 39 million of those call Indonesia home. All told, Indonesia’s agricultural sector comprises almost 40% of the total labor force. Unfortunately, although agriculture plays such a critical role in the makeup of the nation’s total workforce, the contribution the sector is making to Indonesia’s GDP is only 14%. The disparity suggests the sector’s full potential is not being realized.

 

At the same time, smallholder farmers in Indonesia and across ASEAN are being increasingly looked to as a key part of the solution in producing more food for a growing population. By just 2025, an additional 60 million people are expected to be living in Southeast Asia. With less access to arable land and water as well as more pests and disease to combat, this makes the job for regional smallholder farmers that much more daunting.

 

With the population growing, so too is the demand for food.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, growers around the world will need to produce up to 70% more food to meet the expected needs of the population in 2050.

 

“Ensuring a safe, affordable and sustainable food supply here in Indonesia, the region and around the world begins with enabling and empowering our smallholder farmers – plain and simple,” said Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia. “Producing more food with fewer resources to feed a growing planet is a 21st Century dilemma, and it requires 21st Century tools and technology. The innovations of the plant science industry are game-changing for our 525 million smallholder farmers and a key component of the solution needed to address the looming food production challenges.”

 

Indonesia’s smallholder farmers rely on crop protection products to prevent pests, disease and weed pressures from damaging their crops and limiting their harvests. In total, it’s estimated that 50% of the world’s food production would be lost to pests, disease and weeds if not for crop protection products.

 

The protection advanced pesticides provide isn’t limited to the field. They also help prolong the viable life and prevent post-harvest losses of crops while in storage.

 

Additionally, biotech crops increased the production of food, feed and fiber from 1996 to 2013 around the globe by 441 million tons and helped slow the advance of climate change by reducing carbon emissions. In 2013 alone, it’s estimated that biotech crop plantings lowered carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 12.4 million cars from the road for an entire year. At the same time, 90% of the roughly 18 million risk-averse farmers benefitting from biotech crops annually were small resource, poorer farmers.

 

A further benefit of plant science currently being realized is the water conservation it promotes by helping reduce the need for tillage. No-tillage farm techniques, where the soil remains largely or completely undisturbed, aids water conservation by helping build organic matter and ultimately improving the soil’s moisture retention.

 

There’s also a critical role plant science plays in specifically supporting women smallholder farmers in Indonesia and the larger region. In the developing world, a high percentage of the female labor force is involved in agriculture – across Southern Asia, the figure is an astonishing 70%. Unfortunately, their productivity level is lower than their male counterparts due to a number of factors, including: cultural factors; lack of access to finances, training, and modern inputs. Specifically, women growers could produce 20-30% more food on their farms if they had the same access to modern crop inputs as men. This would result in the ability to feed an additional 150 million more people.

 

The opening session of the Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture began today (Tuesday, 14 March) at 9am and is scheduled to conclude tomorrow afternoon.  The two-day Forum is being held once again at the Grand Hyatt in Jakarta, bringing together key stakeholders and representatives from multiple sectors of the food and agriculture industries.

 

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

 

For more information please contact:

 

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Public Affairs                                                                            

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                    

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org                               

Sustainable Food Security on Agenda as Plant Science Industry Reps Converge

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in News Releases

CropLife Asia 2017 Annual General Meeting Kicks off, Bringing Industry Representatives together to Discuss Challenges to Regional Food Security & Role of Plant Science

 

Singapore, 9 March 2017 – In commencing its 2017 Annual General Meeting today in Singapore, CropLife Asia began a two-day event that is bringing together international and regional leaders in the plant science industry as well as the larger agricultural community. The yearly event provides a platform for these agriculture experts to share insights around the topic of safe and sustainable Food Security for Asia as well as discuss global and regional best practices.

 

The topic of helping ensure Food Security for a growing world is a timely one, as projections have the global population set to eclipse nine billion inhabitants by the year 2050, and Asia alone likely to have one billion more people calling it home then. By just 2025, an additional 60 million men, women and children are expected to be living in Southeast Asia.

 

“Feeding more people with fewer natural resources and less arable land is a monumental challenge we face collectively – and the solution must be a shared one,” said Howard Minigh, President and CEO, CropLife International. Mr. Minigh is a participant with this year’s event. “From farm to fork, we all have a role to play; and the tools and technology of the plant science industry are a critical component.”

 

This challenge is particularly pronounced here in Asia, where we have the smallest-sized farms and the largest number of smallholder farmers. It’s estimated that 85% of the world’s 525 million smallholder farmers live and work within our continent – around 100 million in ASEAN alone.

 

Smallholder farmers in the region also face unique barriers, including: access to technology, extension services, market, financial credit; impact of climate and weather-related factors; lack of organization; as well as informal landholdings among others.

 

This lethal mix takes a toll. The gap between potential yield and actual on-farm yield is a big one for smallholder farmers across most crops – by most estimates, ASEAN farmers in particular are rarely able to achieve more than 70% of potential yields.

 

“We depend on our region’s smallholder farmers more than ever,” added Tina Lawton, President of CropLife Asia. “With fewer resources and more challenges to mitigate, they have a daunting task. Empowering and enabling Asia’s smallholder farmers to meet these challenges is a goal worth pursuing – and a responsibility our industry in Asia takes seriously.”

 

Through advancements in crop protection and plant biotechnology, the plant science industry is doing its part and providing invaluable tools for the smallholder farmer toolbox. Here in Asia and around the world, these innovations in technology are better enabling farmers to sustainably increase their yields, use fewer resources, and minimize the impact on our environment.

 

It’s estimated that 50% of global food production would be lost to pests and disease if not for crop protection products. The protection these advanced pesticides provide isn’t limited to the field – they also help prolong the viable life and prevent post-harvest losses of these crops while in storage as well.

 

Additionally, biotech crops increased the production of food, feed, and fiber from 1996 to 2013 around the world by 441 million tons. At the same time, biotech crops helped slow the advance of climate change by reducing carbon emissions. In 2013 alone, it’s estimated that biotech crop plantings lowered carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 12.4 million cars from the road for an entire year.

 

“The innovative technologies of plant science are changing the game and increasingly becoming an essential tool in the toolbox towards a sustainable solution to Food Security in Asia,” shared Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia. “While we’ve made great strides in bringing these technologies to bear in the region in helping tackle the food production challenges we face, we have more work ahead of us.”

 

The CropLife Asia 2017 Annual General Meeting will conclude on Friday, March 10.

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

 

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Public Affairs                                                                            

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                    

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org                               

Giving Thanks to Asia’s Smallholder Farmers this Lunar New Year

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in News Releases

Singapore, 27 January 2017 – As Asia and the world prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year, CropLife Asia encouraged those ringing in the ‘Year of the Rooster’ to remember the smallholder farmers and their immense contributions to ensuring a safe, sustainable food supply for the region and world – and who grow many of the foods we’ll enjoy during the festive season.

The Lunar New Year, also known in Chinese culture as the Spring Festival, is widely celebrated across Asia. The history of the festival is deeply rooted in the cyclical pattern of agriculture in ancient China, with farmers relying on the lunar calendar to predict seasonal changes for crops.

“The traditions and customs around how we mark the Lunar New Year in Asia are all unique depending on where it’s celebrated – but the common denominator is the good food we all enjoy with family and friends at this time of year,” said Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia. “From the mandarin oranges traditionally shared during visitations, to the yu sheng (raw fish salad) of Singapore, the xoi (sticky rice) enjoyed during Tet in Vietnam, the tteokguk (rice-cake soup) synonymous with celebrations in Korea, and a host of other seasonal culinary treats – the importance of food in the festivities is universal.”

“What’s often forgotten, however, is that there are hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers in Asia who make this all possible. These farmers behind the food deserve our gratitude, appreciation, and support – not just during Lunar New Year, but year round.

“CropLife Asia and the plant science industry remain committed to enabling and empowering Asia’s smallholder farmers to ensure a safe and sustainable food supply for our region. This commitment includes ensuring their access to the tools and technology needed to produce more food for a growing world with fewer available resources.”

It is estimated that Asia is home to roughly 85% of the world’s 525 million smallholder farmers. The ASEAN region alone accounts for more than 100 million of these men and women growers.

The world’s population is projected to exceed nine billion inhabitants by the year 2050, and Asia alone is expected to have roughly one billion more people living within it. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has also estimated that roughly two-thirds of the world’s hungry presently live in Asia and the Pacific.

Meanwhile, growers around the world will need to produce as much as 70% more food than today to meet the expected needs of our population in 2050. The numerous innovations of plant biotechnology and crop protection are key in driving sustainable production of a safe and nutritious food supply to feed our growing population.

 

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by nine member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Communications and Outreach                                                                            

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                    

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org                               

CropLife Asia Supports UN FAO Call for Food & Agriculture to “Change”

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in News Releases

Plant Science Technology Highlighted as Key “Tool in the Toolbox” for Smallholder Farmers

 

Singapore, 14 October 2016 – As Asia and the world prepare to mark World Food Day, CropLife Asia expressed its strong support for the 2016 theme put forth by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.’

The impact of climate change is increasingly being felt by our farmers, as the number of extreme weather events each year continues to rise. In 2013 alone there were 880 such events – representing a 40% increase over the 30-year average.

At the same time, our population is growing. Estimates suggest the world’s population is set to eclipse nine billion inhabitants by the year 2050, and Asia alone is projected to have one billion more people calling it home than do today. Within just 10 short years, an additional 60 million men, women and children will be living in Singapore and the rest of ASEAN.

As the population continues to rise, so too do the demands we’re placing on smallholder farmers to feed more people. Factor in the agricultural impact of climate change, less available water and arable land, more pests and diseases to combat, and the catastrophic affect weather-related events bring to disrupt the fragile balance smallholder farmers depend on – and the task at hand is that much more daunting.

Among the global regions, Asia has the smallest-sized farms and the largest number of smallholder farmers. It’s estimated that 85% of the world’s 525 million smallholder farmers live and work within our continent – around 100 million alone in ASEAN.

“Enabling the smallholder farmers of Asia to produce more with less is a pursuit the plant science industry takes seriously, and a responsibility we share with our fellow food chain stakeholders across the region,” said Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia. “Climate change presents a formidable challenge for our region’s smallholder farmers. Innovative plant science technologies are changing the game and increasingly becoming an essential tool in the toolbox towards a sustainable solution.”

To meet demands, growers around the world will need to produce more food – as much as 70% more than today – while reducing the footprint of farming.  The technology of plant science is a key resource in making that possible. Crop protection products prevent nearly 40% of global rice and maize harvests from being lost every year. Meanwhile, biotech crops helped slow the advance of climate change by reducing carbon emissions.  It is estimated biotech crop plantings in 2013 alone lowered carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 12.4 million cars from the road for one year.

 

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                           

Director, Public Affairs                                                      

CropLife Asia                                                        

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                      

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org                                   

CropLife Asia Signs Partnership with Asian Apiculture Association

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in News Releases

The two organizations to study and catalogue the region’s bee population

 

Singapore, 18 August 2016 – CropLife Asia announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Apicultural Association (AAA) to support a research initiative to catalogue and study the bee species and populations in Asia. CropLife Asia Executive Director Dr. Siang Hee Tan and AAA President Dr. Siriwat Wongsiri signed the agreement at Singapore’s M Hotel.

It is estimated that at least 87 out 115 global primary food crops require some form of animal pollination, and insect pollination occupies a high value in the production of daily produce including vegetables, fruits, edible oil and spices.

Comprehensive data on pollinators in Asia is scarce and much of the information that does exist has been derived using an array of different methods, making it difficult to draw comparisons across geographies and time. To better understand the state of Asia’s pollinators, a first step in protecting them and promoting their use in agriculture, CropLife Asia and AAA have agreed to collaborate in developing a harmonized method to survey the pollinators in key Asian countries.

“When it comes to pollinators in Asia, there is a general lack of both awareness as to the important role they play in agriculture as well as reliable data reflecting their overall health,” said Dr. Tan. “Our industry has a responsibility to work with chief stakeholders who have unique perspective and expertise in this area, and our partnership with AAA is an important and impactful step forward on this front.”

A key component of the MoU is developing a universally-applicable, harmonized method to capture the state of bee health in particular in key countries across the region. Specifically, this will entail surveying bee species in order to identify major pollinators (including indigenous subspecies) and their relative abundance.

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry. We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture. CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development. For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

Asian Apiculture Association

The Asian Apiculture Association is the leading professional organization that promotes the exchange of scientific and general information relating to all phases of honey bee sciences and apiculture in Asia. For more information, please visit www.asianapiculture.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                                    

Director, Communications and Outreach                                                                          

CropLife Asia                                                                 

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                  

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org    

CropLife Asia Makes Case for Plant Science Solutions for ASEAN Farmers

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in News Releases

ASEAN Crop Protection Regulatory Harmonization also promoted during Responsible Business Forum

 

Jakarta, 25 April 2016 – As the regional Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture commenced today in Jakarta, CropLife Asia Executive Director Dr. Siang Hee Tan made the case for the innovative technologies of plant science to support Indonesia’s smallholder farmers in growing more food with fewer resources.  Dr. Tan participated with a panel reviewing means to improve the efficiency of agriculture and enhancing the sustainability of farming systems.

Statistics indicate that ASEAN’s agriculture sector contributes an average of 20% in each of the top eight agro-producing members’ GDP. However, the average labor force working within the industry stands at a staggering 46% average.[1]

Meanwhile, the world’s population is projected to eclipse nine billion inhabitants by 2050 – as Asia alone will see an additional one billion more people calling the region home by that period.  Just in ASEAN, an expected increase of 60 million more men, women and children living in the region is expected within the next decade.

With the population growing, so too is the demand for food.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, growers around the world will need to produce up to 70% more food to meet the expected needs of the population in 2050

“We’re increasingly asking farmers in Indonesia and ASEAN to do more and more, with less and less,” shared Dr. Tan during today’s Forum.  “The 21st Century challenge of growing more food with fewer resources and impact on the environment is not an easy one.  Factor in the realities of more pests, diseases and weather-related events to contend with – and it becomes that much more daunting.

“From farm to fork, the challenge calls for a shared solution among food and agriculture stakeholders that ensures success, sustainability and good stewardship.  The innovative technologies of plant science are a key component of that solution.  At CropLife Asia, we remain committed to working with our fellow food and agriculture stakeholders to ensure farmers have access to the modern tools and technology they need to do the job.”

During today’s session, Dr. Tan also took the opportunity to promote regulatory harmonization for crop protection products in ASEAN as an essential component to the future success of agricultural trade, robust economic growth, and food security within the region.

A Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project titled “Assisting countries in Southeast Asia toward achieving pesticide regulatory harmonization” was carried out during the 2009-2011 timeframe (with results published in 2012), brought the participation of seven ASEAN countries, and yielded agreement on five regional guidelines on critical aspects of pesticide management and registration.  These guidelines provided a path forward to ensuring pesticides data accepted in one ASEAN member state (AMS) could be considered with registration of the same product in another AMS without compromising human health and environmental safety standards.

Taking its cue from the FAO project, CropLife Asia is recommending a harmonized regulatory framework for crop protection products in ASEAN as a means to reduce complexity in trade; provide farmers with greater access to quality, advanced technologies; increase research and development investment; and build more shared regulatory capacity within the region.

The opening session of the Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture began today (Monday, 25 April) at 9am and is scheduled to conclude tomorrow afternoon.  The two-day Forum is being held at the Grand Hyatt in Jakarta, bringing together key stakeholders and representatives from multiple sectors of the food and agriculture industries.

 

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                                    

Director, Communications and Outreach                                                                          

CropLife Asia                                                                 

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                  

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org      

 

                           

[1] Central Intelligence Agency. The World Factbook.

CropLife Asia Promotes Role of Plant Science in Agriculture this Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in News Releases

SINGAPORE, 22 April 2016 – As the world prepares to recognize Earth Day, CropLife Asia took the opportunity to herald the contributions being made through plant science technology to sustainable agriculture in the region and around the globe.“Earth Day is a time to take stock and recommit ourselves to practices that ensure good stewardship of  the environment around us,” said Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia.

“As the number of people inhabiting our planet continues to grow, the challenges facing our farmers mount as well.  We look to our farmers to grow more food with less land, water and resources – and with less impact on the environment.  The innovations of plant science technology are helping make that possible and driving sustainable agriculture.  But as the numbers tell us, there is much more work to be done.”

“Along with our members in CropLife Asia, we remain steadfast in our commitment to farmers – not only to help them do more with less, but to be responsible stewards of the land,” added Tan.

Estimates indicate that the world’s population is set to eclipse nine billion inhabitants by 2050.  In Asia, an additional one billion more people are projected to call the region home in that period; while ASEAN alone will see an expected increase of 60 million more men, women and children living in the region within the next decade.

With the population growing, so too is the demand for food.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, growers around the world will need to produce as much as 70% more food than today to meet the expected needs of our population in 2050.

As farmers work to produce more food on existing farmland rather than cultivate wild habitats, the innovations of plant science technology are helping make that possible.  Without the aid of crop protection products and plant biotechnology, growers would have needed to cultivate an extra 506 million hectares of land (or roughly half the size of Australia) for farming since 1975.

Additionally, it is estimated that 50% of the global food production would be lost to pests and diseases if not for crop protection products. Meanwhile, biotech crops contributed greatly to the increase in production of food and feed worldwide while helping minimize impact to the environment.

Between 1998 to 2014, the use of biotech crops helped conserve biodiversity by saving 152million hectares of land In 2014 alone, biotech crops helped reduce CO2 emissions by 2.7billion kilograms – a feat akin to removing one million cars off the road for a year[1].

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by nine member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Communications and Outreach                                                                             

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                     

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org

[1] http://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/briefs/51/toptenfacts/default.asp

CropLife Asia’s 2016 Annual General Meeting Convenes in Singapore

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in News Releases

Region’s Food Security and Sustainability Take Center Stage at CropLife Asia’s Annual General Meeting

SINGAPORE, 29 March 2016 – The CropLife Asia 2016 Annual General Meeting commenced today in Singapore, bringing together plant science industry leaders from across the continent.  The yearly gathering provides a forum for attendees to engage in an in-depth discussion on regional food security, agricultural sustainability, and the role of plant science.  In light of population growth projections, these are particularly timely topics.

While estimates indicate the world’s population is set to eclipse nine billion inhabitants by the year 2050, Asia alone is projected to have one billion more people calling it home than do so today.  Within just 10 short years, an additional 60 million men, women and children will be living in the Southeast Asia region.

“Feeding more people with greater efficiency, fewer resources, and less impact to our environment is a key issue leaders worldwide are grappling with daily – and plant science technology is a critical component of the solution to this challenge,” said Tina Lawton, President of CropLife Asia

“We take our responsibility of helping ensure food security and sustainability across the region seriously.  By providing Asia’s farmers with the tools and technology to mitigate these barriers, realize higher yields, and ultimately raise national productions in key commodities, our industry is having a positive impact.  But make no mistake, there is much work yet to do.”

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, growers around the world will need to produce as much as 70% more food than today to meet the expected needs of our population in 2050.  The innovations of plant biotechnology and crop protection continue to drive greater production globally towards the realization of this goal in the years ahead.

Crop protection products prevent nearly 40% of global rice and maize harvests from being lost every year.  Meanwhile, plant biotechnology increased crop yields 22% and increased farmer profits 68% during the 20-year period of 1995 to 2014.  Over the past 50 years, plant science technologies have helped farmers realize a 283% increase on production levels.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting also includes an opportunity for updates and strategic plans encompassing the year ahead to be shared by the international and regional CropLife organisations as well as many of the 15 national member associations across Asia which CropLife supports.

Additionally, the newly-elected Board of Directors for CropLife Asia was officially presented during the meeting.  The 2016 Board consists of:

• Ms. Tina Lawton – President, CropLife Asia (Syngenta)

• Mr. Jose Pina – Vice President, CropLife Asia (Dow Agrosciences)

• Mr. Jagresh Rana – Treasurer, CropLife Asia (Monsanto)

• Ms. Bethwyn Todd – Secretary, CropLife Asia (FMC)

 

The CropLife Asia 2016 Annual General Meeting will conclude on Wednesday, March 30.

 

About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry.  We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture.  CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by nine member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development.  For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp                                                                                                   

Director, Communications and Outreach                                                                             

CropLife Asia                                                                             

Tel: (65) 6221 1615                                                                                                                     

duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org