Beyond Promises: Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2018
High adoption of biotech crops continued in 2018, according to the ISAAA Report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2018. On the 23rd year of commercial cultivation of biotech crops, 26 countries grew 191.7 million hectares of biotech crops, bringing the accumulated biotech crop area to 2.5 billion hectares, a ~113-fold increase since 1996, the first year of commercial planting of biotech crops. This makes biotech crops the fastest crop technology adopted in recent times. This booklet presents the important highlights about biotech/GM crops in 2018, from ISAAA Brief 54 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2018 available at http://www.isaaa.org/. Get the full publication here.
Africa Agriculture Status Report 2019
The 2019 Africa Agriculture Status (The Hidden Middle: A Quiet Revolution in the Private Sector driving Agricultural Transformation) Report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) highlights the central role the private sector is playing in transforming Africa’s agriculture. Around 80% of food consumption in Africa is from purchases by urban and rural consumers. Only 20% of food production is for self-consumption. Thus, 80% of Africa’s food consumption is marketed and handled mostly through private operators. The private sector is thus crucial for food security. Get the full publication here.