diff --git a/gnu/packages/statistics.scm b/gnu/packages/statistics.scm
index d05dfce..c3dadbd 100644
--- a/gnu/packages/statistics.scm
+++ b/gnu/packages/statistics.scm
@@ -1610,6 +1610,29 @@ previous R versions and their release dates.")
limited to R.")
(license license:gpl3+)))
+(define-public r-backports
+ (package
+ (name "r-backports")
+ (version "1.0.3")
+ (source
+ (origin
+ (method url-fetch)
+ (uri (cran-uri "backports" version))
+ (sha256
+ (base32
+ "0s04mbb7imqc00jl37i081y4yf7qdimk687dyrkvb20nixvjvjyh"))))
+ (build-system r-build-system)
+ (home-page "http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/backports")
+ (synopsis "Reimplementations of functions introduced since R 3.0.0")
+ (description
+ "Provides implementations of functions which have been introduced in R
+since version 3.0.0. The backports are conditionally exported which results
+in R resolving the function names to the version shipped with R (if available)
+and uses the implemented backports as fallback. This way package developers
+can make use of the new functions without worrying about the minimum required
+R version.")
+ (license license:gpl2+)))
+
(define-public r-brew
(package
(name "r-brew")