#WorldWaterDay: Efficient water management essential for agricultural productivity and resilience

March 19, 2021

Every drop of water counts when trying to close the agricultural productivity gap. Women play a vital role in water management for agriculture and community health.

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Registration open for June 15th virtual event

May 27, 2021

In preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative will host an event to make the case for productivity growth as a key strategy.

The evolving role of Virginia Cooperative Extension

May 11, 2021

Virginia State University’s M. Ray McKinnie shares his thoughts on the goals of the 1890 land-grant university extension system, the impact of COVID-19 on the work of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the perspective of African-American farmers.

U.S. agricultural trade is strong, but challenges remain says USDA secretary

April 1, 2021

Despite supply chain restrictions and the economic downturn created by efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. exported $135.72 billion (US) of American agricultural products in 2020, a slight increase from 2019. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak provided insights on the trade landscape for Virginia and U.S. producers at the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.

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Mung bean: Nutrient rich legume for Senegal

February 9, 2021

By Ozzie Abaye, Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Ann Steensland, Lead, Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative, Virginia Tech…

GAP 2020
Combatting the invasive fall armyworm in Africa

October 9, 2020

Protecting crops, livelihoods, and food security through agronomic training and technology. Last year, fall armyworm cost Africa’s maize-producing economies approximately…

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Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in India

May 27, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

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Hunger Projected to Double in 2020

April 28, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

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Food Loss and Waste in a Time of Pandemics

April 14, 2020

The productivity and sustainability of our agriculture and food systems are constantly threatened by pandemic outbreaks of disease and pests. The Harvest…

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Food Systems in a Time of Pandemics

April 7, 2020

As the world hunkers down to combat the spread of COVID-19, our food systems continue to operate. How they operate in these unprecedented times…

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GAP 2019
Custodians of Potato Biodiversity

October 15, 2019

By Stef de Haan, agri-food systems scientist, International Potato Center Nine staple crops account for more than 66 percent of…

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Roger Thurow, Best-Selling Author, To Speak at Virginia Tech

August 15, 2019

On September 16, 2019, the Virginia Tech College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office will host Roger Thurow, best-selling author and globally-recognized expert on agriculture and nutrition, for a series of public events as part of its Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Initiative.

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Growth for Good

May 21, 2019

Ana Bilik, president of Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliated international NGO, writes about their work connecting people in food systems around the world to sustainably end hunger and poverty.

Two women carrying pots of water.
Harvesting Water In India

March 22, 2019

For farmers that rely on rain for their productivity and survival, harvesting water is as important as harvesting their crop.

A woman milks a goat while a child sits nearby.
Giving Women Goats: Why Gender Matters

March 5, 2019

In Uganda, ACDI/VOCA provided goats to women’s groups to increase mothers’ and their children’s access to milk for better nutrition and worked with community leaders and men to help them understand why women needed access to this resource.

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Pulses: The heartbeat of nutritious, sustainable agriculture

February 11, 2019

In 2019, the United Nations designated February 10th as World Pulses Day in recognition of growing global enthusiasm for a remarkable crop that improves the health and productivity of humans, animals and the environment.

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2018 GAP Report Press Coverage

January 28, 2019

Press coverage of the 2018 GAP Report in Agri-Pulse, Hagstrom Report, DTN News and Feedstuffs.

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4R partners promote water quality

January 28, 2019

Farmers use the 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices: choosing the right nutrient source to apply at the right rate in the right place at the right time.

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Healthy pigs improve productivity

January 30, 2019

Decades of public agricultural research into animal health, herd management practices and feed grain production has translated into high pork productivity in the U.S.

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