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.



Next steps

THIS analysis of the world-wide problems of food and agriculture covers familiar ground. Much of what appears here has appeared before in statements of individual governments and in documents published by FAO. Millions of people are hungry; the world's population is increasing alarmingly; production must be increased; soil erosion impoverishes many lands; the introduction of modern farming methods encounters serious difficulties; low-income countries lack money for investment projects; international trade must be revived. These things are well known. They have been repeated again and again; they have almost become platitudes. But what are the nations doing? What steps are they taking to cope with these problems?


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