Addressing the global challenge of our growing population requires an effective yet sustainable boost in agricultural competitiveness and productivity.
Mainstreaming agricultural productivityThe EU must boost agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a sustainable way:
We should fulfill our responsibility to address the challenge of feeding a growing global population. The European Commission should establish a specific Unit on agricultural competitiveness and productivity, to ensure that policy measures with an impact on European agriculture, such as legislation on agricultural inputs, are properly shaped to support productivity and resource-efficiency. Finally, the European Innovation Partnership on Sustainable and Productive Agriculture should continue to be reinforced enabling all actors to provide a better innovation landscape for agriculture.
Each additional percentage point in agricultural productivity results in5
5 Source: "The social, economic and environmental value of agricultural productivity in the European Union", Noleppa, von Witzke and Cartsburg (2013)