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Sustainable agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Developing an effective implementation strategy with national decision-makers

HFFA Research GmbH signed a contract with GIZ International Services acting on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We will provide comprehensive advice on how to implement an agricultural policy strategy which emphasizes sustainable agricultural development and, in particular, organic farming. The project will last several months and conclude with an implementation strategy.

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Viet Nam’s UPOV membership boosted its plant breeding sector during the last decade

Our newest HFFA Research Paper explores the socio-economic benefits of being a member of the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) for Viet Nam. Since joining the UPOV, the country achieved many advances in the development of new plant varieties. These have brought large success to the country’s agriculture and thus farmers’ livelihoods.

For a brief summary of this ex-post assessment please download the Executive Summary:

pdficon_small Executive Summary. The socio-economic benefits of UPOV membership in Viet Nam. An ex-post assessment on plant breeding and agricultural productivity after ten years // Steffen Noleppa // 2017

The complete HFFA Research Paper can be accessed here:

pdficon_small The socio-economic benefits of UPOV membership in Viet Nam. An ex-post assessment on plant breeding and agricultural productivity after ten years // Steffen Noleppa // 2017


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Newly updated HFFA Research study “Societal benefits of plant protection in Germany” now available

The newly updated HFFA Research study on various benefits of plant protection in Germany is now available with detailed information and data on economic, social and environmental effects. A summary of the study was made available by the Industrieverband Agrar (IVA) already in January 2017 (see news post below).

The study is available for download here:

pdficon_small Der gesamtgesellschaftliche Nutzen von Pflanzenschutz in Deutschland. Ein Update und eine Erweiterung zu vorherigen Studienergebnissen // Steffen Noleppa // 2017

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Demonstrating the value of modern chemical plant protection: HFFA Research findings are now accessible in easily comprehensible and visualized summary paper

Modern chemical plant protection does significantly contribute to social welfare and the conservation of natural resources – this is the central statement of the newly updated HFFA Research study “Benefits of plant protection in Germany”. The underlying findings are now published in an easily comprehensible and visualized summary paper by the Industrieverband Agrar (IVA).

The German version of the publication can be found at the website of IVA.

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New HFFA Research paper published: The economic and environmental costs of banning neonicotinoides in the EU

Our newest research paper analyses the EU ban on neonicotinoids in oilseed rape production. The author Steffen Noleppa conducted an ex-post assessment of the economic and environmental costs which are attributable to banning this class of insecticides. First, the study quantifies the ban’s yield effects which then result in altered production costs for farmers. Based on these changes EU-wide economic impacts are calculated as a next step. In addition, some global environmental implications of the ban are highlighted. On the basis of these findings, the author advises to holistically assess all risks related to neonicotinoids and not only focus on pollinators when discussing the future of the ban. Today the paper has been released at the European Parliament.

The study is available for download here:

pdficon_small Banning neonicotinoids in the European Union. An ex-post assessment of economic and environmental costs // Steffen Noleppa // 2017

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HFFA Research wins tendering of TAB-project "Challenges for plant breeding"

HFFA Research won the authoring of an experts report as part of the broader project "Challenges for plant breeding" put out for tendering by the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB). The goal of the project is to provide a review over the potential and future tasks as well as the strength and weaknesses of conventional and ecological plant breeding.

The first part of the expert report won by HFFA Research is dealing specifically with the structural change in plant breeding and its determining reasons. The second part is conducting information on public and private research activities in the sector. Here, a special focus will be on the different types of crops as well as on their different varieties. The geographical scale of the reports is on Germany, however, relevant data and the development of the sector will be set into a European as well as global perspective.

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HFFA Research paper explores the economic and environmental impacts of the fungicide active ingredient Epoxiconazole in Germany and the European Union

Our newest research paper has been released today at a conference in Hannover. The study analyses yield and cost effects caused by Epoxiconazole and the economic as well as environmental impacts if this active ingredient would not be available anymore. It takes into account the wheat and barley production in Germany and the European Union. Special attention is drawn to the increasing resistance of fungi to certain fungicides.

The study is available for download here:

pdficon_small Der Einsatz von Epoxiconazol im Getreideanbau. Eine Analyse ökonomischer Auswirkungen und von Umwelteffekten für Deutschland und die Europäische Union unter besonderer Berücksichtigung zunehmender Resistenzen // Steffen Noleppa, Sophia Lüttringhaus // 2016

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English translation of HFFA Research study measuring the impact of conventional and organic farming on regional and global biodiversity is now available

The HFFA Research GmbH just released the English translation of one of its latest studies dealing with the impact of different land management systems on regional and global biodiversity. The study stresses the relevance of considering a global perspective when decisions on maintaining and improving the protection of specific species and biodiversity at large are pending in a national – e.g. German – context.

The English version of the study can be downloaded here:

pdficon_small Plant protection in Germany and biodiversity. Impacts of conventional and organic land management practices on regional and global species richness // Steffen Noleppa // 2016

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HFFA Research GmbH sponsored and co-authored the latest research paper of the RUFIS on the concept of an Agri-Ecological Partnership

The Ruhr-Forschungsinstitut für Innovations- und Strukturpolitik (RUFIS) has published its latest study on the concept of an „Agri-Ecological Partnership“, which has been sponsored by the HFFA Research GmbH. The study, co-authored by Steffen Noleppa and Lina Staubach of the HFFA Research GmbH, develops a practical tool to overcome conflicts between agricultural land use on the one hand and environmental and resource protection on the other. The study, entitled “Agrar-Ökologische Partnerschaft – ein Weg aus der Sackgasse des Umwelt- und Ressourcenschutzes im ländlichen Raum”, is written in German. An English version of the study has been published by the HFFA Research GmbH in February 2016 as HFFA Research Paper 02/2016 (see news post of 18 February 2016).

More information about the German study can be found on the website of RUFIS.

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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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