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Food Security: Yield Gap

Publication Date: January, 2014

We clarify the terminology surrounding yield gaps, show that closing yield gaps is not necessarily economic, and conclude that food security will be better served by policies that directly enhance the productive capacity of agriculture to supply affordable food efficiently and sustainably.

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Agricultural R&D and Food Security of the Poor

Publication Date: September, 2013

Agricultural R&D accomplished a great deal in the 20th century, especially during the past 50 years. The resulting innovations have reduced poverty and improved the food security of the poor by helping to make food much more abundant and cheaper and reducing the vulnerability of the poor to food price shocks.

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A Long-Run View of South African Agricultural Production and Productivity

Publication Date: October, 2012

Here we present and discuss newly constructed long-run data on agricultural input and output aggregates for South Africa spanning most of the 20th century. Updated multi-factor productivity (MFP) measures for South Africa for the last half of the 20th century are also presented.

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Agricultural Production, Productivity and R&D over the Past Half Century: An Emerging New World Order

Publication Date: January, 2012

Recent trends in farm productivity and food prices raise concerns about whether the era of global agricultural abundance is over.

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A Strategic Look at Global Wheat Production, Productivity and R&D Developments

Publication Date: January, 2011

The 20th century began with a rapid ramping up of national investments in and institutions engaged with research for food and agriculture.

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Agricultural R&D, Productivity and Global Food Security (PowerPoint)

Publication Date: January, 2011

Section Titles: A Century of Global Production, Global Productivity in the Long Run, Is Agricultural Productivity Growth Slowing?, R&D-Productivity Relationships, What's Been Happening to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments Globally?

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Agricultural Productivity Growth in Australia and New Zealand

Publication Date: January, 2010

This chapter reviews and assesses the productivity growth in Australian agriculture, including the cropping and livestock industries.

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Agricultural Productivity in China

Publication Date: January, 2010

The overarching goal of this chapter is to provide a better understanding of input, output, and productivity trends in China’s agricultural sector during the reform era that began in the late 1970s, with an emphasis on the period 1990-2004.

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Agricultural Productivity in the United Kingdom

Publication Date: January, 2010

This chapter first gives a very brief account of the main policy changes in the United Kingdom that have affected agricultural productivity since the Second World War.

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Global Patterns of Crop Yields and Other Partial Productivity Measures and Prices

Publication Date: January, 2010

We document a global slow down in growth of agricultural productivity and commodity yields, and thus in the long-term downward trend of real food commodity prices.

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