Harvest 2050 Blog Series: 2015 GAP Report®

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To accompany the release of its sixth annual Global Agricultural productivity Report® (GAP Report®), Global Harvest Initiative invited experts in agriculture, conservation, food security, international development and nutrition to contribute to a special Harvest 2050 blog series. To read the blogs, click on the photos below.

Agricultural Innovation and Technology 

April Hemmes, Farmer and Precision Agriculture Advocate An Interview with April Hemmes, Farmer and Precision Agriculture Advocate
Kelly Winquist, John Deere
African Youth Fighting Hunger from the Ground Up
Mark Edge, Monsanto Company
Yangxuan Liu with Chinese Farmer More Precision Agriculture for More Farmers!
Yangxuan Lui, Purdue University
CCMB waters plants Learning From and Working With Nature
Colin Bletsky, Novozymes BioAg
Eric Pohlman Taking It to the Farmer: The Value of “Leadership Technology”
Margaret Zeigler, Global Harvest Initiative
cotton lady How One Ag Technology Made a Difference in the Lives of Burkinabe Cotton Farmers
Doulaye Traore, Monsanto Company

Climate Change and Sustainability

Soil Conservationist Can Agriculture Help Mitigate Climate Change?
Mike Lohuis, Monsanto Company
dairy farmer Increasing the Sustainability of Livestock Production through Technology and Innovation
Matt Salois, Elanco Animal Health
Figure 21- Resource Impacts to Produce Cotton Lint-US How Can We Measure, Track, and Encourage Sustainability in Agriculture?
Margaret Zeigler, Global Harvest Initiative
breadbasked Improving Productivity in Agriculture: A Foundation for Sustainable Breadbaskets
Margaret Zeigler, Global Harvest Initiative
fisherman Reducing Zambia’s “Fish Deficit” through Sustainable Aquaculture
Ann Steensland, Global Harvest Initiative
4Rs of Nutrient Stewadship Reducing The Loss Of Crop Nutrient To Waterways
Ben Pratt, The Mosaic Company

Conservation and Soil Health

woman tending crops Innovation in Seed Science Helping Africa’s Farmers Overcome Infertile Soils
Jim Gaffney, DuPont Pioneer
bird Cooperative Conservation Increases Agricultural Productivity…And More
Dave White, 9b Group
Balanced Crop Nutrition through Soil Testing The right nutrient source applied at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place is critical to optimizing plant growth and health. Farmers who know their soil conditions as a result of soil testing get a better idea of which nutrients may be at risk for limiting fertility. See Harvest 2050 blog on a technology that is allowing small-scale farmers in Zambia to diagnose the needs of their soils. Balanced Crop Nutrition for Plants and People
Anita Foster, The Mosaic Company
red Soil Health Is Fundamental for Zambia’s Farmers
Lystra Antoine, DuPont Pioneer

Future of Agriculture   

millenial A Millennial Scientist: Doing Good by Pushing Boundaries
Mary Lewis, Novozymes
Ruth Ann SpeakAg It’s Time To #SpeakAg
Ruth Ann Myers, National FFA Eastern Region
Photo Courtesy of Lynn Betts, USDA NRCS A View From Above the Field: Managing Risk with Geospatial Technology
Jeff Lakner, Lakner Farms
round icon The Importance of Improving Agricultural Productivity
Keith Fuglie, USDA-ERS
AgTalk Connecting Farmers and Consumers: The Power of Radio
Margaret Zeigler, Global Harvest Initiative
Dry beans and peas, known as pulses, are consumed by hundreds of millions of people every day. Click here for pulse recipes from Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. United Nations Launches 2016 International Year of Pulses
Ann Steensland, Global Harvest Initiative

Nutrition and Small-Scale Farmers

zambian woman Conservation Farming Knowledge: A Challenge for Zambian Women
Musonda Chikwanda, Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative
iStock_000020731444_Double Social Protection Programs Increase the Productivity of Vulnerable Farmers
Ann Steensland, Global Harvest Initiative
Robert-2010 Neither Food Nor People Should Ever Go To Waste!
Robert Egger, LA Kitchen
This family received 7 goats in 2012 as part of the Heifer International livestock donation program. They now have 55 goats which has increased their income, food security and nutrition. Photo source: Kashi Kafle, University of Illinois Study: Livestock Program Breaks the Cycle of Hunger in Zambia’s Copperbelt
Kashi Kafle and Alex Winter-Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
caster and loveness Enterprising Zambian Farmers Are Growing Lasting Solutions to Hunger
Laurie Kaniarz, Foods Resource Bank
Kota Benade (second from left) is “The VEGMAN” a Zimbabwean entrepreneur who is helping Mozambique farmers and consumers grow and access nutrient rich vegetables. Photo source: GAIN Reducing Postharvest Losses and Malnutrition
Roberta Lauretti-Bernard, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition-GAIN