October 21, 2019 | Farm Progress
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Agriculture Productivity Growth Slowing in North America

Global Agricultural Productivity Report also calls attention to alarmingly low levels of productivity growth in low-income countries

According to Farm Progress, agricultural productivity growth -– increasing output of crops and livestock with existing or fewer inputs -– is growing globally at an average annual rate of 1.63%.

The 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity Report, "Productivity Growth for Sustainable Diets, and More," released by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, global agricultural productivity needs to increase at an average annual rate of 1.73% to sustainably produce food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy for 10 billion people in 2050.

Productivity growth is strong in China and South Asia, but it is slowing in the agricultural powerhouses of North America, Europe, and Latin America.

The report calls attention to the alarmingly low levels of productivity growth in low-income countries, where there also are high rates of food insecurity, malnutrition, and rural poverty.

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