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8 Can We Feed All the People?

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Food security is the sine qua non of human existence. Nutritional requirements vary between individuals, between sexes and according to age and the level of physical activity. This chapter addresses the questions: what are the chances of improving world food security in the decade ahead? and to what extent will environmental constraints on developing countries’ natural resources impinge on the prospects for increasing food supplies? Nevertheless, it is useful to look in some detail at the question of the global population-food supply balance, particularly when the issue of the capacity of the earth to support its ever growing population is under discussion. Land reform is one of the most powerful means of ensuring food security for the largest number of people. Food-for-work programmes are particularly valuable because they can be used to build new transport links, markets and irrigation infrastructure.

Keywords: environmental constraints; food security; food-for-work programmes; global population-food supply balance; nutritional requirements



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