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.
Innovative elements of the APO Productivity Databook 2019 include 20 country and five regional profiles, plus improved total factor productivity estimates considering land capital and labor quality changes. Productivity measurements based on official data enable meaningful comparisons of economic growth and support evidence-based policy formulation. Projections of economic growth and labor productivity in the Asia-Pacific through 2030 are included to assist in updating target levels. The newest databook details the diverse stages and pace of socioeconomic development of APO members as well as reference economies.