CropLife Africa Middle East, a member of CropLife International, represents the plant science industry and a network of national associations in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The "Plant Science Industry" includes manufacturers and distributors of crop protection products (pesticides) seeds and biotechnology products.
It costs up to $256 million to research, develop, and register a new crop protection product; only 1 in 139,000 chemicals make it from the laboratory to the farmers’ fields.
Crop Protection Expertise
CropLife America provides expert legislative, legal and scientific advisory services, helping its members, EPA and other regulatory bodies navigate the myriad issues facing modern agriculture. By staying ahead of critical issues and engaging and educating policymakers, our staff promotes the importance of our members’ crop protection products to a robust and productive agriculture in the U.S. now, and for the future.
CLA systematically identifies key and emerging issues in the industry, and pulls in expert resources to help play in a role in creating sound policy. Through committees, working groups and issue management teams (IMT), CLA and its members address items of the most narrow and important focus. All is done with the ultimate goal of helping EPA and other regulatory bodies develop sound, science-based policies.
An example can be found in the development of the 2008 Farm Bill. CLA was instrumental in advocating for many important elements of the Farm Bill including research and education, support for conservation programs and new help for fruit and vegetable production safety research, in addition to those provisions directly impacting crop protection products.
Specialty working groups and IMTs handle important issues such as:
- Environmental Exposure
- Clean Water
- Epidemiology and Human Health
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)