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THE 2012 GLOBAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY REPORT®
The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is a private sector policy voice for agricultural productivity growth throughout the value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world.
GHI releases an annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) to serve as a benchmark to analyze agricultural productivity growth.
The 2012 GAP Report® focuses on the most recent global agricultural productivity growth rate and compares it to the rate required to meet estimated demand growth. The report also analyzes global and regional productivity, as each region faces unique opportunities and challenges.
In 2010, GHI’s inaugural GAP Report® calculated that global agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) must grow by an average rate of at least 1.75 percent annually to double agricultural output by 2050. Recent findings indicate that global TFP is rising at an average annual rate of 1.84 percent.
But regional differences exist, and achieving necessary food production by 2050 requires improving the productivity of farmers in every major region, and across all scales of agriculture, from the smallholder to the commercial exporter.
Meeting future demand requires improving practices in growing and handling crops and livestock, and improving transportation, processing, and food production through infrastructure and capital investment.