Pandemic-scale disease and pest outbreaks sicken and kill people, livestock, and crops with alarming frequency.

The 2020 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report) from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences explores the impact of disease and pest outbreaks on agricultural productivity, food security and nutrition, livelihoods, and environmental sustainability.

In this film, we travel to Kenya, Burkina Faso, India, Peru, and the U.S. to hear from agricultural producers and researchers on the front lines of battling the pandemic-scale outbreaks threatening our agriculture systems.

We also reveal the updated the Global Agricultural Productivity Index™ (GAP Index™), and discuss its implications for the resilience of our food and agriculture systems.

Finally, we discuss the critical importance of breaking barriers to productivity growth and resilience, including gender and racial discrimination, and how to build trust through partnership.

Watch the trailer for Agricultural Productivity in a Time of Pandemics: Stories from the Frontlines.

Read the 2020 GAP Report

Productivity in a Time of Pandemics


Tom Thompson

Associate Dean and Director-Global Programs
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Hellen Wanjiko Waweru


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Ann Steensland

Lead, Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Stewart Leeth

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer
Smithfield Foods

Chad Leman

Leman Farms, Illinois, U.S.

PJ Haynie

Haynie Farms, Virginia, U.S.
Chair, National Black Growers Council

Jewel Bronaugh

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Krystal Montesdeoca

Data Scientist
John Deere

Christi Dixon

Agriculture Engagement and Advocacy Manager
Bayer Crop Science

Tashi Gyatso

GAP Report Research Intern
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Science

Cyril Clarke

Executive Vice President and Provost
Virginia Tech

Frederic Beudot

Global Portfolio Leader – Biologicals
Corteva Agriscience

Alberto Salas

Specialist in Genetic Resources (retired)
International Potato Center (CIP)

Elisa Salas

Research Associate
Genetics, Genomics and Crop Improvement Sciences Division,
International Potato Center (CIP)

Fatimala Zongo

Poultry Producer, Burkina Faso

Sylvie Kaboré

Poultry Producer, Burkina Faso

Brigitte Yaméogo

Poultry Producer, Burkina Faso

Michel K. Nignan

Community Leader, Burkina Faso

Martin Kaboré

Husband of Sylvie, Burkina Faso

Salmata Kouala

Poultry Producer, Burkina Faso

Ray McKinnie

Dean and 1890 Administrator
Virginia State University College of Agriculture

Pooja Oberoi Murada

Director of Communications
Sehgal Foundation


Village Meghavas, India


Machari village, Alwar, India

Virender Singh

Kalarpuri village, Nuh, India

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