Report Shows Need for BioAg Innovation

The Global Harvest Initiative's GAP Report showed slowing agricultural productivity and highlighted the need for agricultural innovation.

At the current pace, the world's agriculture sector will not be producing enough food to feed the world in 2050.

That was one of the sobering conclusions from the the Global Harvest Initiative's 2015 Global Agricultural Productivity Report. The report outlined several steps that could improve productivity -- including putting science-based technologies "in the hands of farmers."

Novozymes became members in the Global Harvest Initiative earlier this year and BioAG Vice President Colin Bletsky sits on the organization's board. During an expert panel held during the launch of the report, Bletsky highlighted the role that microbial technology can plan in boosting productivity.

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"If you take one gram of soil there are over 50 billion microbes," he said. Novozymes identifies beneficial microbes and uses those to "increase plants' health and root mass to really take on a new production level."

Five years ago, GHI calculated that global agricultural productivity needed to increase by at least 1.75 percent annually to reach necessary levels by 2050. Global productivity has been increasing by an average annual rate of only 1.72 percent and producitivy in the lowest income countries has risen at only 1.5 percent annually.

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