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CropLife International is an international trade association of agrochemical companies founded in 2001. It was previously known as Global Crop Protection Federation[2] and started out as International Group of National Associations of Manufacturers of Agrochemical Products[3] in 1967. Its members include the world's largest agricultural biotechnology and agricultural pesticide businesses namely BASF, Bayer CropScience, Corteva, FMC Corp., Sumitomo and Syngenta.[4] The international body combines several national-level or continent-wide organisations, each one having the same goals but differing according to local language and custom.[5]

CropLife International A.I.S.B.L.
CropLife Internationl Logo.png
MottoRepresenting The Plant Science Industry
FormationJuly 7, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-07-07) CropLife

November 1996 GPFC

1967 GIFAP
TypeInternational association without lucrative purpose (AISBL), Nonprofit organization
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
President & CEO
Howard Minigh
Staff
20 (2018)[1]
Websitewww.croplife.org

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HistoryEdit

In 1967, the International Group of National Associations of Manufacturers of Agrochemical Products (from French: Groupement International des Associations Nationales de Fabricants de Produits Agrochimiques, GIFAP) was founded.

In November 1996, GIFAP was renamed to Global Crop Protection Federation (GCPF).

On 7 November 2001, GCPF was renamed to CropLife International.[6]

On 2 November 2001, the CROP PROTECTION INSTITUTE OF CANADA morphed into the CropLife Canada entity.[7] In a May 2005 defeat for CropLife Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario affirmed the Spraytech v Hudson decision and cemented the power of Canadian municipalities to pass by-laws controlling the use of pesticides within their boundaries.[8]

StructureEdit

As of 2018 CropLife International comprises the following six companies: BASF, Bayer CropScience, Corteva, FMC Corp., Sumitomo and Syngenta. It also has 15 member associations: AfricaBio, AgroBio Brazil, AgroBIO Mexico, ArgenBio, Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s Food & Ag section, CBI Japan, CIB Brazil, CropLife Africa Middle East, CropLife America, CropLife Asia, CropLife Canada, CropLife Latin America, EuropaBio, European Crop Protection Association and Japan Crop Protection Association.[4] At least one of the "member associations" is actually a not-for-profit corporation, thus giving it legal personality.[7]

CropLife International addresses issued related to crop protection (i.e., pesticides) and plant biotechnology and is part a of a global network of crop protection and plant biotechnology associations.[9] The pesticide associations include multiple regional and country CropLife associations (CropLife Africa Middle East, CropLife America, CropLife Asia, CropLife Canada, CropLife Latin America, the European Crop Protection Association and Japan Crop Protection Association).[10]

CropLife International works with regional and national biotech associations in more than 40 countries around the world.[11] The CropLife International website says the organization is "the voice and leading advocate for the plant science industry, championing the role of agricultural innovations in crop protection and plant biotechnology to support and advance sustainable agriculture." [12]

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