Collecting latex from rubber trees © V. Le Guen, CIRAD


Natural rubber, a material of strategic importance for Europe, is the leading biosourced elastomer. It accounts for 47% of the global elastomer market. It is mostly (80%) produced by family farms of between 0.5 and 10 hectares, mainly in Asia. CIRAD is working to improve smallholder rubber growing, particularly by adapting it to climate change, and helping players in the value chain produce more while preserving the environment.

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