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The State of Food and Agriculture 1985

Mid-Decade Review of Food and 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 is the mid-decade review of food and agriculture.

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Introduction

This year’s review of the state of food and agriculture takes place at the mid-point of the the Third UN Development Decade. It is therefore an appropriate time to assess the performance and experience of global agriculture during the early years of the 1980s, against the background of the 1970s. This year’s review is made at both the world and regional levels, supplemented by a discussion of trends and changes in perspective in three areas of major contemporary interest: the'use of energy in agriculture, revisiting a topic last discussed in The State of Food and Agriculture almost ten years ago; the environment; and agricultural marketing, the latter because of its influence on producer incentives and hence, output.

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