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Virginia Tech’s GAP Initiative will co-host a hybrid event with the SPG Coalition and U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C., to unveil the latest data on global agricultural productivity and to identify solutions for increasing sustainable agricultural productivity — critical for global resilience against crises that threaten our ability to feed the planet.
27 Sep 2022
Without swift action and long-term resolve, agricultural systems will remain vulnerable to the environmental, economic, and societal shockwaves, the data from the 2022 GAP Report shows. Photo by 30thte / Envato Elements.
Agricultural systems are susceptible to environmental, economic, and societal shocks. Recent data reveals vulnerabilities and raises concerns due to the frequency and intensity of system disturbances.
On Oct. 4, the GAP Initiative of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Coalition on Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation (SPG Coalition) will host a hybrid event, “Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Growth for a Sustainable, Resilient World,” focused on new, alarming data and solutions for building more sustainable, resilient systems that can meet these present and future challenges.
Held at the National Press Club from 7:30-11 a.m. ET, the event will feature the release of the 2022 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report), "Troublesome Trends and System Shocks." New data on global agricultural productivity unveiled in the report will show that — without swift action and long-term resolve — current efforts are inadequate to the scope of the agricultural challenges that the world faces. The conference also will highlight hands-on, proven actions taking place to advance agricultural productivity growth.
Doors open for a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. Registration is required to attend in-person or online.
At the event, policymakers, private-sector innovators, and research leaders will discuss the need to accelerate agricultural productivity growth and concrete actions to do so. Featured speakers include:
The Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative at Virginia Tech advocates for accelerating sustainable agricultural productivity growth at all scales of production for food and nutrition security, economic development, and environmental stewardship. The GAP Initiative collaborates with partners in the private sector, NGOs, conservation organizations, universities, and global research institutions to provide a roadmap for progress through the Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report) and engagements with partners worldwide.
The Coalition on Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation is a voluntary coalition of over 100 members from national governments, private sector organizations, academic and research institutions, and foundations. The objective of the SPG Coalition is to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems through a holistic approach to productivity growth that considers impacts and trade-offs among multiple objectives, including, but not limited to, food security and nutrition, food affordability and accessibility, farmer and farmworker incomes and well-being, resource conservation, biodiversity, soil health, water quality, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Zeke Barlow
Virginia Tech demonstrates impact as a global land grant – progressing sustainability in our community, through the Commonwealth of Virginia, and around the world.
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