The State of Food and Agriculture 1989

World and regional reviews: Sustainable Development and Natural Resources Management

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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 sustainable development and natural resources management.



Agricultural trade

Global agricultural trade crops, livestock, fisheries and forestrygrew by 11.1 percent in 1987, bringing the total for 1986-87 to an impressive cumulative total of 23 percent. Since trade in other economic sectors grew even faster, however, the long-term decline in agriculture’s share of world merchandise trade continued: to 14 percent in 1986 and 13 percent in 1987. Among the main agricultural subsectors, trade expanded most rapidly in fisheries and, to a lesser extent, forestry. Trade in crops and livestock grew somewhat more slowly (10 percent). Nevertheless, this was the strongest increase for crops and livestock of any consecutive two years since the commodity boom period of 1977-80.


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