The State of Food and Agriculture 1961

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In addition to the usual review of the recent world food and agriculture situation, each issue of The State of Food and Agriculture has included one or more special studies of problems of longer-term interest. This year's edition focuses on land reform and institutional change, as well as agricultural extension, education and research in Africa, Asia and Latin America.




This year's review of the state of food and agriculture again reveals the general pattern which has become familiar during the past decade. There is still an abundance, often a surplus, of agricultural products in the economically more developed half of the world, side by sicle with continuing malnutrition and even hunger in in any of the less developed countries. Prices of agricultural products 077 world markets have continued to decline, including those of most of the basic exports of the less developed countries, so that their efforts to increase their shipments bring little or no increase in earnings with which to import the capital goods essential for economic development and raise the incomes and standards of living of their farm populations. These are two fundamental problems, of much more than purely agricultural significance, which do not pernit of any rapid solution. They will remain with us for many years to come.


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