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Soil degradation: a threat to developing-country food security by 2020?

  • Scherr, Sara J.
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    Global population in the year 2020 will be a third higher than in 1995, but demand for food and fiber will rise by an even higher proportion, as incomes grow, diets diversify, and urbanization accelerates. However this demand is met, population and farming pressure on land resources will intensify greatly. There is growing concern in some quarters that a decline in long-term soil productivity is already seriously limiting food production in the developing world, and that the problem is getting worse. Sarah Sherr first focuses on the magnitude and effects of soil degradation. She then addresses soil degradation in the future and ends her brief with policy and research priorities.

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    Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series 2020 vision discussion papers with number 27.

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    Date of creation: 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:fpr:2020dp:27
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    1. Clay, Daniel & Reardon, Thomas & Kangasniemi, Jaakko, 1998. "Sustainable Intensification in the Highland Tropics: Rwandan Farmers' Investments in Land Conservation and Soil Fertility," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 46(2), pages 351-77, January.
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    7. Dewees, Peter A. & Scherr, Sara J., 1996. "Policies and markets for non-timber tree products:," EPTD discussion papers 16, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    8. Barbier, Bruno, 1996. "Impact of market and population pressure on production, incomes and natural resources in the dryland savannas of West Africa: bioeconomic modeling at the village level," EPTD discussion papers 21, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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