Knowledge for Development

Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Growth and Bridging the Gap for Small Family Farms

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Date: 04/06/2012

Introduction:

The preparation of this Interagency Report, drafted April 2012, coordinated by the FAO and the OECD, responds to Mexico’s invitation, as G20 President, to examine practical actions that could be undertaken to sustainably improve agricultural productivity growth, in particular on small family farms.

The report examines current trends in productivity and its main drivers – innovation, investment and policy. It takes stock of actions underway, in particular those included in the 2011 G20 Ministerial Action Plan. Two other sections focus on four broad areas that require attention: providing an enabling environment conducive to investment and innovation in agriculture; investing in agricultural innovation, broadly defined; improving national and international research collaboration; and, closing the gap between actual and potential productivity levels of agriculture in developing countries. The recommendations provided are broadly of two types: specific actions that can contribute in one way or another to improving productivity growth or sustainable resource use (whether building on existing initiatives or suggesting new activities) and more general proposals that may not be actionable as presented but that serve to highlight areas for priority attention. (ICTSD; 27/4/2012)

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