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Since mid-century, global population has grown much faster than the cropland area. The trend is likely to continue in the next century, dropping cropland per person to historically low levels. The ever smaller per capita cropland base will make food self-sufficiency impossible for many countries, and will test the capacity of international markets to meet a growing demand for imported food.
For millennia, farmers satisfied rising food demand by bringing new land under the plow. But by mid-century cropland expansion could no longer meet the food needs of an increasingly populous and prosperous world. The 10,000 year era of steady expansion was over and a new era began that stressed rising land productivity. As this high-yielding era shows signs of faltering concern over the shrinking supply of cropland per person looms ever larger.

Agriculture and Water Management

SKU: 9788183560900
  • M.L. Narasaiah
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