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The State of Food and Agriculture 1955

Review of a Decade and Outlook

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The year 1955 marks the tenth anniversary of the foundation of FAO. It marks also the end of the first decade of agricultural recovery and expansion after the second world war. Unlike its predecessors, this issue does not deal mainly with the current situation and short-term outlook, but instead reviews the progress and experiences of the whole decade. The treatment of this theme has been analytic rather than purely descriptive. An attempt has been made to bring out the underlying causes of the main postwar developments, and to make some appraisal of the results achieved.

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Foreword

The year 1955 marks the tenth, annivexsar y of the foundation of FAO. It marks also the end of th,e first decade of agricultural recovery and expansion after the second world war. These have been cmwded and eventful years in the history of the world's agriculture. They h,ave, seen a dramatic transformation from the devastation, and threat of famine of the immediate postwar years to a situation when agricultural surpluses in some countries are once more causing anxiety, even, though millions of the world's people still remain inadequately fed, clothed and housed.

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