The Contribution of Private Industry to Agricultural Innovation [Policy Forum]

Fuglie, K. and Heisey, P. and King, J. and et al, . (2012) The Contribution of Private Industry to Agricultural Innovation [Policy Forum]. Science Magazine, 338 (6110). pp. 1031-1032.

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Most of the increase in global agricultural production over the past half-century has come from raising crop and livestock yields rather than through area expansion. This growth in productivity is attributed largely to investments in research and innovation (1). Since around 1990, there has been a decline in the rate of growth in yield per area harvested for several important crops (2). In parallel, the rate of growth in public spending on agricultural research and development (R&D) has also fallen, which may account for declining crop yield growth and may be contributing to rising food prices (3).

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Additional Information: The authors thank the Economic Research Service of USDA for support and representatives of agricultural companies for information. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the USDA.
Author Affiliation: Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, DC 20472, USA
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Extension,Technology, ICT
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 11:32
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 11:32
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