The State of Food and Agriculture 2001

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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 has included one or more special studies of problems of longer-term interest. This year’s edition features a review of the existing evidence on the link between nutrition and productivity and economic growth.



Near East and North Africa

Over the last two years the economic situation in the Near East and North Africa has been shaped to a very large extent by sharp fluctuations in oil prices. Initially the oil price collapse of 1998 severely depressed the economic prospects for many of the oil exporting countries and economic growth fell to only 0.8 percent in 1999. Moreover, severe drought in many North African and Near Eastern countries, together with the devastating earthquake in Turkey, undermined growth prospects in many of the non-oil-producing countries.


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