On October 17, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released its 2012 Global Agricultural Productivity Report ® (GAP Report®) at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The GAP report provides an analysis of efforts to increase global agricultural productivity. Monsanto is one of GHI’s members and works towards meeting the demand of a growing global population.
“The report was well-received by attendees and numerous media at the World Food Prize,” Jerry Steiner, executive vice president of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, said. “The report highlights the needs for each region and advocates for the five policy areas that are critical to achieve the levels of productivity growth required to meet demand, including the need for science-based regulation and intellectual property protection.”
The report found that investments made more than a decade ago have produced significant increases in agricultural productivity overall, but current productivity growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and other regions will not be sufficient to meet demand. Without increased trade, public and private sector investments and assistance programs, these regions will be unable to meet rising food demands.
“Global agricultural productivity is on the rise, but the regional measurements from the GAP Report indicate a need for accelerated investment to counter the challenges of climate change and natural resource degradation,” said Dr. Margaret Zeigler, GHI Executive Director.
Although the 2012 GAP Report finds that current agricultural productivity appears on target to meet the food and agriculture demands of 9 billion people by 2050, significant regional challenges remain.