Persistent problems with poverty, rapid population growth and malnutrition in many developing countries are among the most serious issues facing the world today. This book examines the causes, severity and effects of these problems, as well as potential solutions.

The authors consider the implications of globalization of goods, services and capital for agriculture, poverty and the environment; and identify linkages in the world food system, stressing how agricultural and economic situations in poor countries affect industrialized nations and vice versa.

Focusing on the role that agriculture can play in improving economic and nutritional wellbeing and how that role might be enhanced, this book is essential reading.

Part 1: Dimensions of World Food and Development Problems  1. Introduction  2. Hunger and Malnutrition  3. Economics of Food Demand  4. Population  Part 2: Development Theories and the Role of Agriculture  5. Economic Transformation and Growth  6. Development Theory and Growth Strategies  Part 3: Agricultural Systems and Resource Use  7. Agriculture in Traditional Societies  8. Agricultural Systems and their Determinants  9. Resource Use and Sustainability  10. Human Resources, Family Structure and Gender Roles  Part 4: Getting Agriculture Moving  11. Theories and Strategies for Agricultural Development  12. Research, Extension, and Education  13. Land and Labor Markets  14. Input and Credit Markets  15. Pricing Policies and Marketing Systems  Part 5: Agricultural Development in an Interdependent World  16. Agriculture and International Trade  17. Trade Policies, Negotiations and Agreements  18. Macroeconomic Policies and Agricultural Development  19. Capital Flows and Foreign Assistance  20. Lessons and Perspectives