• Lamia El-Fattal
  • Andrés Sánchez
Part of the Insight and Innovation in International Development book series (IIID, volume 1)


Since the 1950s, farmers around the world have made remarkable achievements in food production, notably in Asia and Latin America, but at a significant cost to their environment and health. Spurred by the technological advances of the Green Revolution, crop yields increased and domestic food production expanded substantially. In countries that had often suffered in the past from famine, chronic food shortages were diminished.


Green Revolution Pesticide Exposure Rural Livelihood Remarkable Achievement Pesticide Poisoning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Development Research CentreOttawaCanada

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