Rapid food production growth in selected developing countries: a comparative analysis of underlying trends, 1961-76

Bachman, K.L. and Paulino, L.A. (1979) Rapid food production growth in selected developing countries: a comparative analysis of underlying trends, 1961-76. Other. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington.

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This study examines the major growth components of food production in a selection of developing countries where food output has expanded in the past 15 years. Of the 24 countries designated as having rapid growth 16 were selected for this study (Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Iran, The Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia). These represented 99% of staple food production and 97% of population of the whole group in 1976. The study focuses on the sources of growth and changes in pattern of food production and touches on the implications for nutrition, trade and other factors in the development of these countries. Area expansion covers a major factor in increasing food production in more than half the rapid growth countries. Diverse patterns of resource and technological changes occurred in individual rapid-growth countries. The combination of new technologies and yield-increasing inputs varied widely among the countries achieving large increases in yields. Similarly, a variety of factors appears to have been involved in the countries making large increases in the area in staple food crops. The wide variation in resource and technological changes suggests that a diversity of approaches is required to achieve major increases in food production in developing countries. The experiences of the rapid-growth countries clearly indicate that no single factor or small group of factors can be specifically prescribed to attain rapid growth in food production

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: International Food Policy Research Institute
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 09:20
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 09:20
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/8533

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