The State of Food and Agriculture 1948

A Survey of World Conditions and Prospects

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The present Report, in spite of limitations and imperfections due to inadequate data, delineates the central issues clearly enough to enable governments to consult together and decide what practical steps should be taken next. This over-all guide aims to have action initiated or intensified in a wide variety of fields to expand production, improve national and international distribution, and raise living standards throughout the world.



Higher-income sparsely populated regions

THE COUNTRIES of this group are today, with Argentina, the most important exporters of food in the world. All of them have a vital interest in world markets— Canada, Australia, and New Zealand because a large proportion of their total production is exported, and the United States of America because its exports, although a small proportion of total production, constitute the balancing factor for several commodities that are produced in surplus of domestic needs. They are countries in which farming, being highly mechanized, gives a high output per man and the highest farm incomes in the world.


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