Food Security: Yield Gap

J. M. Beddow, T. M. Hurley, P. G. Pardey, J. M. Alston

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Many people propose closing crop yield gaps as a means to address food security concerns. But concepts of yield gaps vary and the linkages to food security are complex. Yields are an object of choice for farmers, so a meaningful interpretation of yield gaps requires giving weight to both the economic and biological realities of crop production. We clarify the terminology surrounding yield gaps, show that closing yield gaps is not necessarily economic, and conclude that food security will be better served by policies that directly enhance the productive capacity of agriculture to supply affordable food efficiently and sustainably.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAgriculture Products
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780080931395
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Crop productivity
  • Economic efficiency
  • Food security
  • Maize
  • Maximum limiting yield
  • Measuring yield
  • Partial factor productivity
  • Potential yield
  • Production possibilities
  • Technical efficiency
  • Technology
  • Yield
  • Yield gap
  • Yield limit


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