Symposium--Crop Yield Gap Assessment for Global Food Security
Growing demand for food in the coming decades asks for an substantial increase of the current global crop production. Given limited land suitable for crop production achieving highest possible yields on existing farm land is the only feasible solution to ensure food security while protecting carbon- and biodiversity-rich rainforests, wetlands, and grasslands. Quantifying the size of current exploitable yield gaps — the difference between current farm yields and yield potential — provides the basis for identifying regions best suited for agricultural intensification and helps to prioritize investments in agricultural research and development. This symposium will focus on opportunities to improve methods for quantifying yield gaps at local to global scales, and how to use and interpret yield gap assessment data. Two half-day sessions are proposed. The first half-day session will provide a general overview about the needs for yield gap assessments and recent advances in developed methods to estimate them, including choice of weather, soil and management data and crop models, validation of crop yield potential estimates, and up-scaling from local to national levels. The second half-day session will focus on case studies of yield gap analysis from data-rich regions such as USA and Europe, but also from data-poor regions such as Africa and Asia, encompassing cropping systems across a wide range of climatic, technological, and social conditions. The session will end with a summary presentation about progress in methods used for yield gap assessments and how to interpret the results that emerge from earlier presentations, followed by an open discussion.
Agronomic Production Systems, Global Agronomy
International Conference on Agricultural Statistics VI
23-25 October 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The theme of the conference is “Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development. Linking statistics with decision making”.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23-25 October 2013
Annual Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture
Kansas State University April 27-29, 2014
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2013 Applied Stats Conference attendees
The Kansas State University Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture provides a forum for discussion of statistical issues motivated by agricultural problems. The conference brings together statisticians from academia, industry, and government to discuss ideas and advancements in the application of statistics to solving agricultural research problems.
This is a three-day conference consisting of a keynote speaker, workshop, a series of contributed papers, and poster presentations. The conference has a relaxed atmosphere to encourage discussions on papers and presentations with authors and other participants. This communication enhances the interface of statistics with the agricultural sciences.
The Kansas State University Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture is unique in that it emphasizes the application of statistics in solving real-life problems, highlighting agriculture, while recognizing the joint effort of the statistician and the agricultural researcher. Presentations made jointly by the statistician and the researcher in agriculture are encouraged. Presentation of data sets and analyses which motivated the work shares equal importance with development of the statistical theory. Papers on either new or innovative applications of existing statistical methodologies are appropriate for presentation at this conference.