Agricultural productivity is not just essential for sustainably meeting the demands of a growing world.
The technologies and practices that increase productivity can also be harnessed to cultivate resilience, especially to pandemics that can strike with little warning, with catastrophic results.
Agricultural productivity, measured as Total Factor Productivity or TFP, rises when producers use technologies and production practices that generate more livestock and crops from the same amount (or less) land, labor, fertilizer, machinery, feed, and livestock. TFP increases when large numbers of producers adopt technologies and practices that use inputs more efficiently to produce additional output.
This can include precision mechanization, mobile agronomic advice, advanced seed varieties, healthier animal feed, and improved nutrient management or animal care practices.