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.




IT is now three years since the termination of hostilities, and three years in October since the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. These have been years of world-wide shortages, especially of agricultural and forestry products, on a scale as unparalleled as it was unforeseen. From 1945 until mid-1947 the crisis was generally expected to be over within a few months or after the next harvest; it was called a "short-term” crisis. Only during the past twelve months have governments come to regard it as something more persistent.


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