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Will there be enough food to feed 8 billion people who will live on earth in 25 years� time? Surprisingly few people, at least in the industrial countries, seems to be overly concerned with this question. Whereas the world conferences on the environment, on women, human rights or social issues which were held in recent years were preceded and accompanied by intensive public debate, food does not seem to be a burning issue. Don�t we have mountains of surplus food, people ask. Do we not have to pay our farmers to leave their land idle in order not to add to the glut on the world markets? And hasn�t the Green Revolution ended famine even in countries like India which used to be a synonym for hungry people? So where is the problem?
The advance made in agricultural production since beginning against a background of imminent crisis are indeed remarkable In only 20 years, yields of major crops like rice�, maize and wheat in developing countries went up by 80 per cent, outpacing even the rapid increase in population. But this growth in yields has slowed down in recent years, and the aim of �food for all� is once again becoming elusive. About 800 million people still do not have access to enough food to meet their basic daily needs, nearly 200 million children suffer from protein and energy deficiencies, 88 countries - 44 of them in Africa - have a deficit in food production.

World Trade Organisations and Food Security

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  • M.L. Narasaiah
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