CropLife America (CLA) applauds Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) on 30 years of working to reach a prosperous world without hunger, including through increasing access to crop protection products. In just three decades, the non-profit organization has helped stimulate economic growth through entrepreneurship initiatives around the world, improving countless lives in under-developed and developing countries. Speaking at today's 30th anniversary celebration of CNFA, Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA, discussed the key role inputs technology plays in advancing farmers in the developing world.
"The pressure on farmers to produce more and increase sustainably simply means that technology innovation – and the companies delivering that technology – must partner with all farmers to deliver on that societal expectation," Vroom said. "The crop technologies companies providing crop biotech and protection products have stepped up our work in the developing world. Smallholder farmers are in our focus and partners like CNFA are crucial to our progress."
In his talk, Vroom discussed CropLife programs that are:
- Providing safe use training to farmers.
- Educating dealers, farmers and governments about the threat of counterfeit products.
- Assisting governments with regulatory capacity-building.
"By bringing technology and expertise from the developed to the developing world, we – with the help of CNFA – are advancing smallholder farmer progress and growing a market for tomorrow. Sustainable outcomes are a reality today and a bigger opportunity tomorrow."
Since 1985, CNFA has designed enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to enable workers to reach the market, make agricultural businesses more competitive, increase growers’ productivity, and improve access to inputs and credit in 42 countries. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CNFA has 15 offices throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In one project of note, CNFA implemented the Agro-Input Retailers Network (AIRN) through the Agro-Input Project (AIP) in Bangladesh, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. AIRN trains 3,000 members on business management, best agronomic practices and the safe use of pesticides, and the project is now targeting 300 women retailers.