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The 2021 edition of the APO Productivity Databook aims at helping member governments devise timely policy responses to make economies more robust, maintain growth trajectories, and recover quickly from pandemic-related disruptions. It focuses on the quality of economic growth and productivity gains with comparisons among Asia-Pacific countries at different development stages. The analyses are based on comprehensive productivity accounts for 25 Asian economies with the USA as a reference. In addition, regional productivity accounts are developed for six economic groups. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects are discussed in detail.

Agroindustries spur economic development, create jobs in rural and urban areas, increase food security, and reduce poverty. This report by Prof. Ralph D. Christy, Research Fellow Lin Fu, and their team at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell College of Business, resulted from joint research with the APO examining the institutional basis for accelerating agroindustry development, government initiatives in Asia to achieve it, and mega trends shaping the sector now and in the future.

This research was undertaken to show how the current gaps and weaknesses in systems for monitoring agricultural productivity in APO member countries could be addressed. The comprehensive report analyzes agricultural performance and productivity trends with data from 1961 to 2015. It paves the way for the establishment of a harmonized APO regional database on agricultural productivity indicators for benchmarking and long-term monitoring, which will help design appropriate programs to support the needs of the sector in the APO membership.

To assist practitioners, producers, extension workers, and related professionals in disseminating sustainable agricultural development methods, this manual contains insights and experiences of resource persons on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

A compilation of papers presented at the Asian Food and Agribusiness Conference 2013: Biotechnology and Global Competitiveness covering trends in biotechnology applications, commercialization of agricultural biotechnology, risk management for sustainability, and roles of biotechnology in enhancing Green Productivity and the competitiveness of agricultural products.

 

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