Report Focuses on Need for ResearchWed, 20 Apr 2011 17:16:18 CDT
A recent Global Harvest Initiative report suggested that the rate of agricultural productivity must increase at a minimum of 25 percent per year to meet future demand and double output over the next 40 years. As a follow up, GHI is releasing a series of five reports. The first brief brings a global focus to meeting the agricultural needs of a rapidly growing global population by increasing the rate of agricultural productivity through research.
This first policy issue brief, "Improving Agricultural Research Funding, Structure and Collaboration," describes the notable returns on agricultural research and the role of research as a primary source of the innovation and productivity gains necessary to sustainably grow more and better food and address food security issues. The brief notes that public sector research investments must be on par with private sector research to achieve significant increases in the rate of production worldwide.
Dr. Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund says - learning how to leverage research and data is critical to stimulate innovation, identify new ideas and improve productivity. Dr. William Lesher, Executive Director of Global Harvest Initiative, says we can begin to address hunger and food security issues by sustainably increasing the rate of agricultural productivity without the use of more land, water or other inputs.
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