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Crop Biotech Update

IFPRI Modeling Study Shows Which Technologies Provide Significant Yield Improvement

August 3, 2012

Preliminary modeling by a research team of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) indicates that combination of using drought and heat tolerant crop varieties, as well as integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) provides the largest improvements in yields globally by 2050 and under climate change conditions.

ISFM involves reducing tillage and retaining crop residues and using both fertilizers and manure. Its adoption is projected to significantly reduce price increases for maize, rice, and wheat. In addition, it also hopes to lower the risk of hunger from those in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The study aims to provide information on risks and benefits of several technologies to facilitate long term investments and strategies in agriculture.

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