Report finds ag innovations critical to meeting food demand
The study takes into account that the global agriculture and food system will be asked to increase production by 60 percent by 2050. It acknowledges that research and development will play a critical role in meeting this challenge given that production increases will occur in the face of rising temperatures, resource scarcity, and the increased frequency of extreme climatic events.
This independent report was made possible by generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; DuPont; and The Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo.
New measures for global spillover potential presented in the report include:
- Agro-technological distances -- identifying global similarities in agro ecologies and global similarities in agricultural production
- Cumulative home-grown knowledge stocks, by region and country
- Potential spill-in leverage versus world share of knowledge stock, by country
The following datasets contributed to this analysis:
- Developed countries' contributions to agricultural R&DGlobal productivity growth trends (how much of R&D is going towards productivity growth, and how much is dedicated to other areas)
- Public and private contributions to global R&D and productivity growth
- Total spending on science-related R&D (looking beyond just agricultural R&D to other sciences, in recognition that there are spillovers from other types of R&D investments)
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