Agriculture, Hunger and Economic Development

  • David Grigg
Part of the Focal Problems in Geography book series


The great disparity between the rich (or developed) nations and the poor (or underdeveloped) nations is well known. The difference is commonly measured in terms of physical output — in tons of steel consumed or kilowatts of energy produced — but the symptoms of poverty are more evident in the low quality of life to be found throughout much of Afro-Asia and Latin America. Here, the very fundamentals of everyday life are inadequate for the mass of the population; housing, clothing, health and diet all fall far short of the level found in North America, Australasia and Europe. The developed nations are those where manufacturing industry forms an important part of the economy; reference to the economic history of these nations shows that 150 years ago they were still mainly agricultural and that the growth of wealth has followed their industrialisation.


Economic Development North America Labour Force National Income Agricultural Development 
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  • David Grigg
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldUK

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