Recent Major Report Highlights Importance of Agricultural Productivity, Expresses Optimism

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A new special report released by The Economist on February 24 taps a host of agricultural experts and organizations to address the challenges of feeding the 9 billion people that will inhabit the Earth by 2050, and increasing agricultural productivity is highlighted as a critical part of meeting future demands. 

Serving as a conclusion for the different sections, in “A prospect of plenty” the author expresses great optimism for potential productivity increases to help meet the demand of the future and help to grow the world’s food supply.

“…though not easy, it should be perfectly possible to feed 9 billion people by 2050. A start has been made to boosting yields and reducing harvest losses in countries that lag behind, notably in Africa.”

“There are plenty of reasons to worry about food: uncertain politics, volatile prices, hunger amid plenty. Yet when all is said and done, the world is at the start of a new agricultural revolution that could, for the first time ever, feed all mankind adequately. The genomes of most major crops have been sequenced and the benefits of that are starting to appear. Countries from Brazil to Vietnam have shown that, given the right technology, sensible policies and a bit of luck, they can transform themselves from basket cases to bread baskets. That, surely, is cause for optimism.”

The co-authors of Global Harvest Initiative’s 2010 Global Agricultural Productivity Report™ (GAP Report™), Dr. Bill Lesher (GHI), Dr. Neil Conklin (Farm Foundation), and Dr. Keith Fuglie (USDA ERS) are acknowledged as sources for the report.

 “Feeding the World,” is comprised of the following nine separate sections:

  1. Not just calories
  2. The 9-billion people question
  3. How much is enough?
  4. No easy fix
  5. Plagued by politics
  6. Waste not, want not
  7. Doing more with less
  8. Our daily bread
  9. A prospect of plenty
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