Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1985

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This latest edition of the Survey analyzes current economic and social developments in the region against the background of events in the world economy. It also focuses on the serios problems of growth and transformation of the area's least developed and Pacific Island developing economies.



Developments in major sectors

Agricultural production in most developing countries in the ESCAP region continued to grow at reasonably satisfactory rates in 1984, and these trends continued in 1985, aided by favourable weather conditions in most countries. However, there was considerable variation in performance among countries and in the production of different crops. While production increased in both food and non-food crops, the rate of growth in cereals production was generally lower in 1984 than in the previous year. The slower growth rates of production of major cereals, rice and wheat, did not affect overall food security situation in the developing economies in the ESCAP region. While output was satisfactory, agricultural incomes were depressed as commodity prices remained low. The price of sugar further deteriorated, causing serious problems in sugar exporting countries.


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