ERIC Number: ED235993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Land and People, the Growing Pressure.
Earthwatch, n13 1983
A summary and an analysis of the findings of the Land Resources for Populations of the Future project are provided in this report. The project, conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, studied the food production capabilities of 117 developing countries to determine how many people they could support at different levels of farming and to compare that with each country's population in 1975 and projected population in 2000. Among the findings are that at low levels of farming (the current practice in most developing countries), 38 percent of these areas could not support their 1975 population and 65 countries will be unable to feed their population in the year 2000. Regional findings are presented for Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Southwest Asia (Middle East) accompanied by maps which illustrate the situation relative to 1975 populations. The analysis of the project points out some overly optimistic assumptions upon which the study was based such as that all cultivable land would be used, that it would be used only to grow food crops, and that food supplies would be distributed equally among socioeconomic groups. The conclusion of the analysis is that the problem is even more critical than the study shows. (DC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Demography, Developing Nations, Food, Futures (of Society), Human Geography, Land Use, Maps, Overpopulation, Productivity, Research Methodology, Research Projects
International Planned Parenthood Federation, Distribution Department, 18-20 Lower Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PW, England ($1.00 for 10 copies).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Planned Parenthood Federation, London (England).
Identifiers: Africa; Asia; Latin America; Middle East; PF Project; Third World
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