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The State of Food and Agriculture 1983

Women in Developing Agriculture

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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 women in developing agriculture.

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World review

Two contrasting features characterize the current world food and agricultural situation. On the one hand, overall agricultural supplies have remained ample and unmarketable production is burdening the budgets of several industrial countries. On the other hand, food shortages and emergency situations have proliferated in the developing world. These problems reflect the inability of many countries to overcome structural constraints to food production; the difficulties in securing access to supplies in international markets; and the occurrence of severe droughts, floods and other natural disasters in areas already suffering from long-term declines in food availability. All these latter problems have been apparent, to a particularly severe degree, in many African countries.

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