Earlier this week, we took a look at the top 20 guest articles from external contributors published on AFN in 2020.
Today, on the last day of the year, we’re listing the top 20 news and analysis pieces published by the AFN editorial team over the past 12 months.
Covid-19 has been the defining theme of 2020; and, unsurprisingly, the pandemic dominated our coverage of agrifoodtech throughout the year.
Among our most-read stories were several that directly examined the impact of Covid-19 on our industry. It wasn’t all about the pandemic, however.
AFN‘s single most popular story this year was our report on a technological breakthrough at US cultured milk startup Biomilq, which told us in February that it had successfully cultured samples containing casein and lactose – the key protein and sugar components in human breastmilk.
When it came to funding, news of investments in startups offering farmer-focused tech solutions — such as Agrofy‘s ag marketplace and WeedOut‘s bio-herbicides — fared particularly well with AFN readers. Alt-protein financings for the likes of Mushlabs and NextProtein also generated plenty of reads.
Here are the 20 most-read stories that the AFN team published in 2020 (with publication date) listed by number of unique pageviews:
1. These two women are taking the breast out of breastmilk
3. 2020 predictions from agrifoodtech’s leading VCs
4. India’s answer to vertical farming raises $5.5m Series A
16. Syngenta acquires biologicals company Valagro
In terms of reader numbers, AFN was visited by 983,902 users in 2020, up 24% from 792,999 in 2019.
The top 10 countries reading AFN this year, in descending order by number of users, were the US, India, the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Brazil.
While the US still contributes more of the AFN audience than any other region, its share of the total has decreased this year as we pick up growing numbers of readers in other parts of the world.
The US accounted for about 46% of our readers in 2019; this year, that had declined to 40%. Meanwhile, Asia grew its share more than any other region, increasing from 19% last year to 24%. Europe also saw its share increase, from 19% to 20% year-on-year.
The top 10 cities by number of users in 2020 were Singapore (Singapore), London (UK), New York (US), Chicago (US), Bengaluru (India), Sydney (Australia), San Francisco (US), Paris (France), Hyderabad (India), and Melbourne (Australia).
All in all, it has been an amazing 2020 for AFN – despite the broader problems the world has faced. We’ve added more readers to our audience from all around the globe, who are tuning in to AFN as their foremost source of agrifoodtech news and analysis while our industry pushes new boundaries and hits new heights. That’s certain to continue into 2021, which is when the AFN editorial team will be back in action. Until then, have a happy new year!