Exploring yield gaps in the EU, concept and data

Andrea Zimmermann


Agreeing that increased future global food demand will have to be met by production intensification rather than land use expansion (Hertel, 2011), scientists have moved to empirically analysing the causes for differences between potentially attainable yields and actually realized yields – the yield gap (Neumann et al., 2010). We aim at disentangling the effects of biophysical, economic and political impacts and farmers’ response to them on crop yields based on reviewing theoretical and empirical literature and some descriptive data analysis.

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