USDA recognizes Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition members
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 27 the group of more than 50 organizations, including the NGFA, that have officially declared their support for the Coalition on Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation (SPG) Coalition.
USDA announced the formation of the global coalition at the United Nations Food Systems Summit on Sept. 23, with a goal to transition to more sustainable food systems through productivity growth that optimizes agricultural sustainability.
“We initiated this coalition because it is clear that increasing agricultural productivity is essential to meet the needs of a growing global population and ensure that food is affordable to hundreds of millions of people around the world,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “If we are going to end hunger, while minimizing environmental impacts, we must commit to developing and deploying new ways of doing things in agriculture.”
NGFA joined the coalition at the time of its formation. “We recognize that given tightening natural resource constraints, raising the productivity of existing natural resources—rather than bringing new resources into production—is the only viable option to meet food security needs of current and future generations,” noted NGFA President and CEO Mike Seyfert in a declaration of support. “Only through sustainable productivity growth can we meet the world’s growing nutrition needs without bankrupting farmers, consumers, and nature.”
View the full list of supporting entities here.