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The World Food Problem. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2248461
  • Book
  • December 1993
  • Region: Global
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The World Food Problem, updated in every respect since its first edition in 1985, David Grigg provides a full account of who is hungry, where and why.

The causes of hunger are manifold and complex: population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, inefficient farming, poor distribution, inappropriate aid, war, drought, famine, corruption, and incompetence are among them. The great strength and value of this outstanding book lie at once in the author′s understanding of the nature and scope of the problem, and in his clear analysis of the factors operating in a wide range of instances. The search for simple solutions is not only pointless but, he shows only too vividly, their implementation is frequently damaging and counterproductive.
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List of Figures viii

List of tables x

Acknowledgments xv

1 Introduction 1

2 The extent of hunger 5

3 A short history of hunger 30

4 Population and poverty 55

5 The growth of world food output 73

6 The expansion of the world s arable land 90

7 Agricultural development in the developed countries since 1945 115

8 Tropical Africa 132

9 Latin America 170

10 Asia 200

11 Trade and aid 236

12 Conclusions 256

Noted 267

Index 299

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David Grigg
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