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World Agriculture: Towards 2015/2030: An FAO Study

Jelle Bruinsma



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Earthscan Ltd
01 April 2003
Development studies; Economic statistics; Economic forecasting; Agriculture & related industries; Agriculture & farming
This report is FAO's latest assessment of the long-term outlook for the world's food supplies, nutrition and agriculture. It presents the projections and the main messages. The projections cover supply and demand for the major agricultural commodities and sectors, including fisheries and forestry. This analysis forms the basis for a more detailed examination of other factors, such as nutrition and undernourishment, and the implications for international trade. The report also investigates the implications of future supply and demand for the natural resource base and discusses how technology can contribute to more sustainable development.

One of the report's main findings is that, if no corrective action is taken, the target set by the World Food Summit in 1996 (that of halving the number of undernourished people by 2015) is not going to be met. Nothing short of a massive effort at improving the overall development performance will free the developing world of its most pressing food insecurity problems. The progress made towards this target depends on many factors, not least of which are political will and the mobilization of additional resources. Past experience underlines the crucial role of agriculture in the development process, particularly where the majority of the population still depends on this sector for employment and income.
Edited by:   Jelle Bruinsma
Imprint:   Earthscan Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 298mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   1.338kg
ISBN:   9781844070077
ISBN 10:   1844070077
Pages:   444
Publication Date:   01 April 2003
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jelle Bruinsma was educated at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam in the Netherlands as mathematician and economist. After having worked at the Center for World Food Studies in Amsterdam, he joined FAO in the mid-70s, where he developed agricultural sector models. In the early 1980s he joined the Global Perspective Studies Unit at FAO to participate in all four global perspective food and agriculture studies that FAO produced the last two decades. At present he is Chief of the Unit.

Reviews for World Agriculture: Towards 2015/2030: An FAO Study

'An awesome resource.' Future Survey 'A remarkable achievement' Quarterly journal of International Agriculture 'A valuable source of information on the future of agriculture, gives a balanced coverage of several current issues.' Experimental Agriculture 'This volume represents a major statement of mainstream professional thinking and analysis about global and regional food related issues' Land Use Policy 'It merits a place on the shelves of all comprehensive agricultural economics reference libraries.' Journal of Agricultural Economics 'The current study is even richer than its predecessors.' The World Economy 'This publication represents the FAO at its best' Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 2004 '[It] will be valuable for many years to anyone involved in agriculture in the widest possible sense' Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 2004 'This is an exceptional volume and as comprehensice as one would expect from teh FAO.' Scientific and Medical Network Review, Spring 2004.

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