Improvements in crop yields have been essential to feed a growing population, while reducing the environmental impact of food production at the same time. By increasing crop yields we can reduce the amount of land we use for agriculture.
Crop yields might seem far from being one of the world’s largest problems. But, if yields and labor productivity do not increase it will have far-reaching consequences for global poverty, and protection of the environment. For people and planet, it’s one of our most important problems to work on.
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Agricultural productivity across Sub-Saharan Africa needs to improve to reduce hunger, poverty, and the destruction of biodiversity.
Claims that the world has only 100, 60, or even 30 years of harvests left often hit the headlines. These claims are overblown, but soil erosion is a problem and we can do something about it.
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To protect the world’s wildlife we must improve crop yields – especially across Africa
After millennia of agricultural expansion, the world has passed ‘peak agricultural land’