Productivity in EUagriculture-slowly but steadily growing

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Series Details No. 10 December 2016
Publication Date December 2016
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Agricultural productivity has gained renewed interest. Productivity growth has enabled food to become less scarce (and hence cheaper) in the 20thCentury.
One question is whether it can do so again in the 21stCentury, as thisis seen as one prerequisiteto meet the challenge of feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050,by achieving more with less.
Agriculture and the environment within which it operatescan differ substantially between Member States.
Thus the question about how productive agriculture is and how to breach the gap
between those lagging behind and the frontrunnersremains pertinent. In this Brief,we analyse how productivity, as measured by Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth, evolvedin the EU-28 and in the Member States, and identify the different drivers associated with it.

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