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    FAO yearbook, 1995. Vol. 49. Production. FAO annuaire, 1995. Vol. 49. Production. FAO anuario 1995. Vol 49. Produccion.

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO]

    Rome, Italy, FAO, 1996. xxxvii, 235 p. (FAO Statistics Series No. 133)

    This UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Yearbook is a compilation of statistical data on basic agricultural products and related information in all countries and territories of the world. Presented in tabular form, information included in the Yearbook consists of data series on area, yield and production of numerous crops; on livestock numbers and products; and on population, land use, irrigation and farm machinery. Moreover, the Yearbook provides index numbers that highlight trends in food and agricultural production across all countries and continents. The statistical information presented is based primarily on data provided to the Statistics Division of FAO by countries through questionnaires or official statistical publications. In the absence of official data, FAO makes an estimate based on the best information available.
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    Concluding remarks.

    Uitto JI

    In: Population, land management, and environmental change. UNU Global Environmental Forum IV, edited by Juha I. Uitto and Akiko Ono. Tokyo, Japan, United Nations University, 1996. 84-7.

    Human population is growing at an unprecedented rate, doubling since the 1950s. Every year, 90 million people are added to the world's current level of more than 5.6 billion people. The most likely scenario forecast by the UN puts world population at 10 billion in the year 2050. Such rapid population growth places enormous pressure upon agricultural production on a global scale and the ability of the Earth to feed its inhabitants. There is evidence that crop yield increases realized in the green revolution have reached or will soon reach their limits, with most farmers already using improved varieties and techniques. With little new arable land available to clear, farmers will likely have to rely upon existing land or move to increasingly marginal areas. The latter approach increases the vulnerability of farm land to erosion and is often associated with the loss of topsoil and the encroachment of deserts. The Fourth United Nations University (UNU) Global Environmental Forum was largely based upon the research work conducted in the international collaborative research program on "People, Land Management, and Environmental Change (PLEC)," conducted under the auspices of the UNU. PLEC is aimed at a systematic field-level analysis of sustainable land management and agrotechnology, and the maintenance of biological diversity in small-farm regions in the tropical and subtropical parts of the world.
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