The age of varieties is an indicator of the investments seed companies make in their crop breeding programs. Global companies report that for 66% of the crops in their portfolio in the region the youngest variety is less than three years old. For regional seed companies, that percentage is slightly lower at 53% of their portfolio. New varieties are for the most part the result of companies’ own breeding programs. For global seed companies, this applies to 73% of the crops in their portfolio; for regional companies, 65% of the crops in their portfolio. When it comes to releasing varieties from public research, regional companies perform better: 12% of the crops in their portfolio versus 5% for global companies.