Despite attention to the importance of the agricultural sector, agriculture in much of the world is unable to meet local needs for food and fiber. High population growth rates compound the problems in developing countries.

The capability of U.S. agriculture to help meet expanding world demands is questioned. Energy shortages and limited land and water resources will constrain production, increasing U.S. internal demands will decrease crop surpluses, and other exporting countries face similar problems. Therefore, most agricultural production needs in the developing countries will have to be met through increasing their own productive capacity.



international agriculture, developing countries, food supply

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