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.



Food and external assistance to agriculture

Official external financing commitments for agriculture declined sharply in 1987, to an estimated US$13 400 million (7 percent or $1 000 million less than in 1986). This decrease, however, must be seen in the light of exceptionally high commitments made by the World Bank in the previous year, 1986 ($5 500 million). Most other multilateral donors increased their activity somewhat in 1987, while preliminary data on bilateral aid commitments indicate a small decline. Total official dollar commitments were nearly 8 percent higher in 1987 than the average for 1984-86, but in constant 1980 prices they decreased by 14 percent, reflecting the weakness of the US dollar in 1987.


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