Underproduction of food is a worldwide problem affecting the economic, physical, and social well-being of all people, urban and rural, rich and poor, in developed and developing nations alike. The problem is compounded by lack of accurate information and analysis of factors that limit production and distribution in specific areas, notably in the developing nations of the world. As a first step in improving food crop production, the natural resources, biotic competition, and crop genetic resources should be assessed and coordinated with appropriate management practices for their fullest utilization. Information systems are needed to provide adequate statistics on population growth and trends, total arable land and area planted to various crops, energy resources, climate, natural resources, and other information related to crop and livestock production. Nutrition education is a necessary accompaniment to upgraded food production in many countries of the third world. A possible solution to these problems lies in sharing our research findings and improved technology with the developing nations by means of programs for advanced training and education such as those already being sponsored by various government agencies and private foundations.



food production problems, food research, government agencies

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