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Recent study of the HFFA Research GmbH stresses the socio-economic and ecological value of plant breeding

At a high-level event in Brussels hosted by the European Technology Platform ‚Plants for the Future‘ (Plant ETP) in collaboration with Mr. Jasenko Selimović, Member of the European Parliament, Managing Director Dr. Steffen Noleppa presented the results of the latest HFFA Research GmbH study. The study provides science-based but well-understandable quantitative and qualitative information on the numerous benefits plant breeding is offering to societies. The results should help to better inform and facilitate an unbiased public debate on the importance of historic, current and future genetic crop improvements for specific socio-economic and environmental objectives.

The study can be downloaded here:

pdficon_small The economic, social and environmental value of plant breeding in the European Union. An ex post evaluation and ex ante assessment // Steffen Noleppa // 2016

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Latest HFFA Research study presents the concept of an Agri-Ecological Partnership dealing with the resolution of land use related conflicts

The HFFA Research GmbH presents in a new study the concept of an “Agri-Ecological Partnership” (AEP). The aim of an AEP is to balance the interests of agriculture and extended agribusiness as well as the concerns of environmental protection and resource conservation, thereby minimizing conflicts among different land use interests. The study investigates possibilities and restrictions as well as opportunities and risks of the AEP concept and discusses how AEP could actually work in practice. The study was conducted in close cooperation with the Ruhr-Forschungsinstitut für Innovations- und Strukturpolitik e.V. (RUFIS).

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pdficon_small Agri-Ecological Partnership. Overcoming the deadlock of environmental and resource protection in rural areas // Helmut Karl, Steffen Noleppa, Lina Staubach // 2016

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HFFA Research presents new study results on agricultural land use and biodiversity at International Green Week

Today a new study of HFFA Research GmbH was published as HFFA Research Paper 01/2016. The study deals from a comparative point of view with conventional and organic land use techniques and their impacts on yields and biodiversity. The study results were firstly presented during today’s press conference of the German Crop Protection Association (IVA) at International Green Week in Berlin.

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pdficon_small Pflanzenschutz in Deutschland und Biodiversität. Auswirkungen von Pflanzenschutzstrategien der konventionellen und ökologischen Landbewirtschaftung auf die regionale und globale Artenvielfalt // Steffen Noleppa // 2016

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HFFA Research paper publishes new study on agricultural land trade and self-sufficiency

Today a new study has been presented as HFFA Research Paper 03/2015. This research paper is considered an update within our multi-annual project aiming at continuously measuring the virtual agricultural land trade as well as the agricultural self-sufficiency of the EU. It is based on a peer-reviewed scientific methodology and most recent agricultural trade and food balance data. Presently, the EU is net importing a still remarkable amount of virtual agricultural land of close to 18 million ha. Accordingly, the EU’s agricultural self-sufficiency is at around 89 percent.

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pdficon_small The agricultural trade of the European Union. Consequences for virtual land trade and self-sufficiency // Steffen Noleppa, Matti Cartsburg // 2015

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HFFA Research publishes study on mycotoxins in maize

Today, Steffen Noleppa, Managing Director of HFFA Research GmbH, has presented a new study on economic consequences of mycotoxins in maize. In recent years maize, being cultivated on over 20 percent of Germany’s arable land, has seen increased contamination with mycotoxins. The objective of this study is to analyze if mycotoxin contamination is a growing threat for maize production in Germany as well as to discuss economic consequences of continuing problems with high mycotoxin concentrations for agriculture and the subsequent value chain.

The new study can be downloaded here:

pdficon_small Mykotoxine im Mais. Wirtschaftliche Konsequenzen für Ackerbau, Nutztierhaltung und Wertschöpfung in Deutschland // Steffen Noleppa // 2015

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HFFA Research publishes its first 2015 study dealing with water impacts of productive agriculture

The HFFA Research GmbH published its first study in 2015. The research builds on an earlier publication of the HFFA e.V. (HFFA Working Paper 03/2013) and marks the second step in a thorough analysis of the social, economic and environmental value of agricultural productivity in the EU. The objective of this study is to analyse the effects of agricultural productivity in the EU on important indicators of water use in domestic production and international trade.

The new study can be downloaded here:

pdficon_small The social, economic and environmental value of agricultural productivity in the European Union. Part II: Impacts on water trade and water use // Steffen Noleppa, Matti Cartsburg // 2015

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First HFFA Research paper published

Today the first HFFA Research paper of the HFFA Research GmbH has been published. This research paper is considered the initial outcome of a multi-annual project aiming at continuously measuring the virtual agricultural land trade as well as the agricultural self-sufficiency of the EU. It is based on a revisited methodology and most recent trade and other data, thus setting an improved standard of calculating the virtual land trade and various self-sufficiency indicators. Presently, the EU is net importing a still remarkable amount of virtual agricultural land of close to 20 million ha.

The HFFA Research paper is available for download here:

pdficon_small Another look at agricultural trade of the European Union: Virtual land trade and self-sufficiency // Steffen Noleppa, Matti Cartsburg // 2014

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September 04th, 2014: HFFA Research GmbH officially registered.

HFFA Research GmbH has officially been registered according to German law and is now able to start business activities. Court of registration is Berlin-Charlottenburg.

August 11th, 2014: HFFA Research GmbH founded.

HFFA Research GmbH has been founded as a 100 percent subsidiary of the Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture e.V. (HFFA).

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