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    FAO's role in population programmes.

    Casley DJ

    In: International Planned Parenthood Federation. Indian Ocean Region. (IPPF/IOR). Population, development and the environment. Report of the proceedings, Bombay, December 9-15, 1972. Bombay, IPPF/IOR, (1973). p. 42-45

    In 1967 at the Fourteenth Session of the Food and Agricultural Organization's conference, the organization's involvement in population problems was recognized with the creation of a Program for Better Living. The Program's purpose is the promotion of development at the family level with population as an integral factor and with education as the main activity. During the late 1960's there was recognition that consideration of the problem of labor force requirements and labor utilization in the agricultural sector was needed along with study of the food demand and supply problem. Further development of the Food and Agricultural Organization's efforts in the population field include the population analysis component in research and advisory activities. Studies of these relationships are being conducted as a continuous activity under the organization's Regular Program for the Perspective Study of World Agricultural Development. A 2nd activity area in the population field is the development of the population motivation component using the organization's unique position of multiple contact points with the rural population. The Food and Agricultural Organization's policy does not advocate that agricultural workers become promoters of family planning or distributors of contraceptives. The role of the workers and that of the organization is the creation of a responsiveness among the rural population to the concern of the effect of family size distribution on their standard of living. If the Food and Agricultural Organization can assist in raising the standard of living and in promoting and encouraging the rural population to consider limiting the size of their families, it may prove to have more impact than its relatively low key position on family planning might suggest.
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