Access to improved crop varieties – delivered to market by the commercial plant breeding and seeds sector – is the foundation for successful, productive agriculture.
Over the past 30 years more than 90% of the yield gains in our major crops are due to plant breeding innovation. Faced with the global challenges of food security, climate change and pressure on the world’s finite natural resources, continued progress in plant breeding is the single most important factor in meeting the food, feed and fuel needs of a world population set to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.
Plant breeders develop, test and bring new crop varieties to market, and their innovation contributes to improving the quality, performance and productivity of our agricultural and horticultural crops.
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