According to the recently released The State of Food and Agriculture 2000 (SOFA), the closing years of the last century were not particularly good for world food and agriculture. Due to difficult climatic conditions and the financial crisis of 1997, crop and livestock production in developing countries continued to decline noticeably. The report is divided into two main sections. The first offers a general world review of the state of agriculture including information on some specific current agricultural situations, economic environments and agriculture, and selected issues including the effects of microcredit and "conflicts, agriculture, and security." The second section explores in detail the lessons learned about world food and agriculture in the last 50 years. Main chapters in the section include "Half a Century of Food and Agriculture," "Socio-Economic Impact of Agricultural Modernization," "Food Nutrition Security: Why Food Production Matters," and "What Have We Learned." The entire body of this report is available online in HTML format.


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