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The State of Food and Agriculture 1992

Marine Fisheries and the Law of the Sea - A Decade of Change

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In addition to the usual review of the recent world food and agricultural situation, each issue of The State of Food and Agriculture since 1957 has included one or more special studies on problems of longer-term interest. This year’s edition focuses on marine fisheries and the law of the sea.

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Foreword

The year 1992 has seen dramatic changes in the political and economic environment surrounding agriculture. For a number of industrial countries this was a year of crucial political choices on national and regional issues. West European countries pursued efforts towards closer integration, despite mounting and unforeseen political and economic difficulties. Market-oriented transformations continued in Eastern Europe and the former USSR in the context of grave economic and social disruptions as well as plummeting agricultural and industrial production. Ethnic and political tensions also developed in this region, introducing further uncertainty about the prospects for an early and orderly consolidation of the transformation process. These tensions degenerated into the outbreak, and escalation throughout 1992, of a devastating armed conflict in former Yugoslavia.

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