There is no worldwide food crisis. The authors of this volume show that the world food situation has improved dramatically over the past three decades: prices of agricultural commodities are at their lowest level in history in real terms and crop output is continuing to rise faster than population. This book provides a much needed and reasoned view on a subject that is too often treated emotionally. The important changes in the international food economy are considered in historical context and provide a basis for projections to 2010.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The world food problem; 2. The price of food; 3. Gains in consumption levels; 4. World food production increases; 5. Population growth and food demand; 6. The quantity and quality of the resource base; 7. Raising yields; 8. Changing consumption patterns; 9. Simulating the future world food situation; 10. The world can feed twice as many in twenty years; 11. A robust prediction?; 12. Africa presents a special challenge at the turn of the century; References; Index.