Source: Global Harvest Initiative

Chief executives of four agricultural companies pledged last Tuesday to work collectively with public and private entities in an effort to close an imminent productivity gap to meet the needs of a growing and more affluent world population. The commitments highlighted the Global Harvest Initiative's day-long symposium, Agriculture at a Crossroads, aimed at raising awareness of the global productivity gap-the difference between the current pace of output expansion and the far more rapid pace required to meet future agricultural needs-and sharing of ideas to address it.

A host of influential leaders from agriculture, food production, environmental, nongovernment organizations and government officials, including Sen. Richard Lugar, (R-Ind.), shared their particular perspectives about ways to double global agricultural output in an environmentally responsible and sustainable fashion by 2050.

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