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Sustainability in an Uncertain Season
By Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
The business of agriculture is cyclical. Political, environmental and economic headwinds create volatile and unpredictable swings. Agriculture systems must respond to both sudden shocks and smoldering crises that impact the livelihoods of producers and food security for consumers.
Agriculture faces an uncertain season today.
In 2007, a global surge in food prices began, pushing millions into hunger and galvanizing attention to food security and sustainability in agriculture. By contrast, today’s lower global commodity prices and sufficient stockpiles have created a new and different set of challenges for producers, the wider agriculture industry and policymakers.
Our food and agriculture system must rise to the challenge of improving productivity to meet growing global demand, which we know will continue, while becoming increasingly focused on sustainability. How can we navigate this uncertain season and foster more sustainable inclusive growth throughout the current agricultural business cycle, both now and in the years ahead?
As the Global Harvest Initiative launches our 2016 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) we invite you to join us online Wednesday, October 12 at 11:00 AM Central time to view our presentation of the findings. We encourage you to dig deeper into our five key policy areas so that together we can foster sustainable growth. These items and more will be available for viewing tonight at midnight!
There is much work to do. Please join us!