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World food production and security

Briefing/policy papers

In anticipation of World Food Day, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on the 16th of October 1981, this paper considers current concerns about developing countries (LDCs) and food. The paper examines the various measures which have been proposed to increase food production and consumption, and to ensure food security in LDCs. It concludes that, in the short-term, domestic action in favour of the rural poor is required to promote food security. However, this is often possible only with international support through trade and aid arrangements.