Special Issue "Advanced Innovation for Improving Total Factor Productivity in Agriculture"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 129

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jessica Agnew
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Guest Editor
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - CALS Global, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Interests: agri-food value chain development; technology for agriculture transformation
Prof. Dr. Tom Thompson
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Guest Editor
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - CALS Global, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Interests: climate-smart agriculture; crop and soil management
Dr. Ralph Hall
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Guest Editor
School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Interests: rural; sustainable development goals; multiple-use water services; peri-urban; cost–benefit analysis; multilevel modeling framework; transportation; water

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To sustainably meet global needs for agricultural products by 2050, agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) needs to grow by 1.73 percent annually. However, from 2011 to 2020, global TFP grew at an average of 1.12 percent per annum. Sub-Saharan Africa in particular is struggling to overcome negative TFP growth, and TFP growth is no longer the driver of increased agricultural output in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This Special Issue of Agronomy seeks to build the evidence base of cutting-edge innovation that increases TFP, particularly in the African, Latin American, Asian, and Caribbean contexts, and especially those designed for smallholder farmers. Technological innovation may include, but is not limited to, digital services, seed varieties, agronomic practices, or technological advances that will reduce the level of inputs considered in the calculation of TFP—land, labor, capital, and material resources.

Reviews, integrative studies, original studies, and conference papers are all welcome. Articles that consider TFP growth and the policy implications of advancing innovation for TFP growth are also of interest.

Dr. Jessica Agnew
Prof. Dr. Tom Thompson
Dr. Ralph Hall
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • total factor productivity
  • agricultural innovation
  • smallholder production

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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