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Type of Resource Report Summary
Title The Sixth World Food Survey
Author Food and Agricultural Organization
Affiliation United Nations
Url http://www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo/economic/ESS/for-e.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "The main conclusion of the survey is that per capita dietary energy supplies have continued to increase in the developing countries as a whole, with the result that, during the two decades from 1969-71, the prevalence of food inadequacy declined: 20 percent of the total population had inadequate access to food in 1990-92 compared with 35 percent two decades ago."

Type of Resource Databases
Title FAOSTAT Databases
Author Food and Agriculture Organization
Affiliation United Nations
Url http://apps.fao.org/cgi-bin/nph-db.pl?subset=agriculture
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract Set of 17 agricultural databases and one population database. Includes individual country and regional data for 1961 - 1996.Includes Food Balance Sheet, Producer Prices (Primary Crops and Primary Livestock) and Population Annual Time Series.

Type of Resource Newstory
Title Comprehensive Projections Model Predicts Future Hunger Hot Spots: Shows Pantry Bare in Large Pockets of the World in 2020
Author Barbara Rose
Affiliation International Food Policy Research Institute
Url http://www.cgiar.org/ifpri/pressrel/061595c.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "Poor countries that now suffer widespread malnutrition and a general lack of food security can look forward to little improvement in the foreseeable future, states a new study released today by a leading international agricultural research group, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The study predicts that if further declines in support of agricultural research and development continue over the next quarter century, people in these countries will face even more serious privation.

Type of Resource Article
Title Food Insecurity Lies at the Root of Violent Conflict
Author 2020 VISION News & Views, July 1996
Affiliation International Food Policy Research Institute
Url http://www.cgiar.org/ifpri/2020/newslet/nv_0796/nv_0796a.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "Most media coverage of the growing instability in Burundi, as with the deadly conflict in neighboring Rwanda that preceded it, has looked for causes in the ethnic strife between Hutus and Tutsis. But research and expert opinion indicate that poverty, food insecurity, and environmental degradation lie at the root of conflict in the poorest developing countries. Researchers and policymakers fear that cutbacks in international assistance aimed at these fundamental issues could hurt donor countries as well as developing nations as further instability leads to refugee crises, military interventions, and the need for expensive emergency aid."

Type of Resource Graph
Title The Geography of Hunger
Author 2020 VISION News & Views, October 1995
Affiliation International Food Policy Research Institute
Url http://www.cgiar.org/ifpri/2020/newslet/nv_1095/nv_1095c.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract Short article from magazine "20/20 Vision" about the causes of hunger and their implications The following is the author's abstract: "The persistence of hunger in a world of plenty is the most profound moral contradiction of our age. Twenty percent of the total population in the developing world is chronically undernourished. At least 2 billion suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Yet since the mid-1970s the world has produced enough food to provide everyone with a minimally adequate diet. "

Type of Resource Journal Paper Summary
Title Food Supply: How to Feed 8.6 Billion People in the Year 2050
Author John Bongaarts
Affiliation Population Council
Url http://www.popcouncil.org/pb/pb2(4).html#3        (Temporarily Unavailable)
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract Summary of longer papers published by John Bongaarts elsewhere on how a projected world population of 8.6 Billion in 2050 might be fed.

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