The State of Food and Agriculture 1972

Education and Training - Accelerating Agricultural Research in the Developing Countries

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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 from 1957 has included one or more special studies of problems of longer-term interest. This year’s edition focuses on accelerating agricultural research in developing countries.



World review

Although world production of agricultural, fishery and forestry commodities again increased by about 3 percent in 1971, the first year of the Second United Nations Development Decade was a disappointing one for the developing countries in this sector which is so important for their overall progress. The relatively favourable trend of world production in relation to population growth was maintained only as a result of substantial increases in the developed countries. ‘Production in the developing countries rose by only 1 to 2 percent in 1971 and according to FAO’S preliminary figures for 1972 the rate of increase has not improved. There is no doubt that in the next few years agricultural progress in the developing countries will have to be much more dynamic if the goals of the Second Development Decade are to be realized.


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