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GHI’s 2013 GAP Report®: What will be on your plate in 2050?
On October 16, at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, the Global Harvest Initiative will release its fourth annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®). Updated with new data each year, GHI’s signature GAP Report® serves as a critical benchmark of agricultural productivity growth.
The 2013 GAP Report focuses on increasing productivity throughout the value chain in order to sustainably provide sufficient nutritious and affordable food for 9 billion people by 2050. Population growth and increasing incomes are putting more demands on agricultural systems and natural resources. Solutions need to be put in motion, now, to limit agriculture’s environmental footprint while increasing the availability of nutritious foods so all people may lead healthy, productive lives.
The inaugural 2010 GAP Report® calculated that global agricultural Total Factor Productivity (TFP), a ratio of agricultural outputs to inputs, must grow by an average rate of at least 1.75 percent annually to double agricultural output by 2050. This number, up from 1.4 percent growth rate in 2009, demonstrated an increase of 25 percent per year in order to meet the projected food demands.
- Improving agricultural research funding, structure and collaboration
- Removing barriersto global and regional trade in agriculture
- Strengthening and coordinating development assistance programs
- Embracing science- and information-based technologies
- Enhancing private sector involvement in agriculture and rural infrastructure development
The 2011 report also highlighted the policies that have contributed to agricultural productivity growth and agricultural development improvements in countries such as Brazil, China, Indonesia and Ghana.
This regional view focused on the necessary steps to improve the productivity of farmers in every major region, and across all scales of agriculture, from the smallholder to the commercial exporter.
The 2012 GAP Report® took a different approach by focusing on the differences between global and regional productivity, as each region faces unique opportunities and challenges. While global productivity is currently on pace to meet future needs, there are vast regional disparities in productivity that must be addressed in order to meet the demand for food, fuel and fiber in 2050.
The GHI team has been working hard for many months on the 2013 report, and we are looking forward to releasing it with the help of experts from our consultative partner groups and other organizations. So please join us in Des Moines on October 16 for the release of the 2013 GAP Report®!
For more information on the 2013 GAP Report release event and to RSVP, please click here.