The State of Food and Agriculture 1984

Urbanization, Agriculture and Food Systems

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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 urbanization, agriculture and food systems.




We marked in 1984 the 10th Anniversary of the World Food Conference, which was convened to cope with the global shortage of cereals that erupted in the early 1970s. It was inevitable that on the anniversary, we should recall the Conference’s brave, well-intentioned pledge that by 1984, "no man, woman or child should go to bed hungry". We note grimly, however, how far that pledge has yet to be met, in that in 1984 well over 30 million men, women and children, in 21 African countries, were directly threatened by starvation.


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