Technology and Innovation

  • Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan


This chapter is devoted to the analysis of technological change in agriculture. The central role of technological change and of innovation in agricultural production can be demonstrated with basic statistical facts. Between the years 1950 and 1998, the world population more than doubled, and yet global per capita grain production increased by 15 per cent; during the same time, world per capita harvested acreage declined by 50 per cent (Zilberman, 1997). Because of the crucial role played by technological change in Europe in the last 50 years, this chapter starts with a discussion on the relationship existing between technology and growth.


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  • Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan
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  1. 1.University of LimerickIreland

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