Agricultural Development Prospects until the Year 2000
In order to provide governments with a long-term perspective of food and agriculture, FAO circulated a study titled “Agriculture: Toward 2000” in 1979. It is a detailed assessment of the implications for agriculture of a faster rate of economic growth in each of 90 developing countries as well as a continuation of trend rates in developed countries to 1990–2000. Between now and the end of the century food production in the developing world must approximately double if significant nutritional improvements are to be secured without further deterioration in food self-sufficiency. The scope for production strategies, including problems of investment and assistance requirements, is scrutinized along with other aspects such as opportunities for expanding international trade. The study finds, however, that malnutrition cannot be reduced significantly unless accelerated production is complemented by improved distribution.
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