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.



Introduction: The nature of the problem

Development that destroys the natural resources that sustain it is not development… In its 1987 report Our Common Future the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) emphasized the central necessity of agricultural sustainability. This was an important step, above all because it reflected growing awareness among political leaders of [he need to promote environmentally sound development.


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