The Harsh Lands: A study in agricultural development by David B. Grigg

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S. Department of Agriculture's estimates, the minimum requirements per caput varied from 2,300 calories a day to 2,900 calories. 18 The final step in the food balance programme is to balance minimum per caput requirements per day against supplies available per day. Malnutrition is far more difficult to assess. Nutritional experts are Agriculture, Hunger and Economic Development 25 not agreed on the type of nutrients needed to avoid malnutrition, nor on the minimum amounts. However, it seems generally accepted that protein is a prime requirement.

Industrialisation in western Europe in the nineteenth century was accompanied by fairly rapid population growth, and this has been regarded by many historians as beneficial. Population increases are thought to have stimulated technological progress by demanding new methods of farmers and industrialists, stimulating enterprise by increasing prices, and providing the labour for an industrial economy as well as creating a larger market for factory goods. On the other hand most economists appear to regard the much more rapid population growth which is taking place in the less developed countries at the moment as a deterrent to economic progress.

Malee and females. II Provincial capitals only. 'V Northern Zone. •• African POPUlation. t and Asia, however, the rate nearly everywhere exceeds 75 and in many countries is more than 100. The most marked anomaly occurs in temperate South America, where infant mortality rates are higher than might be expected. The low rates for Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East may be due to incomplete registration. INTERRUPTED SINUSOIDAL PROJECT 3000 Fig. 5. Infant mortality rate: per thousand, 1960 Mil~s 1000 0~ 0 0 0 100 and ave>r 75- 99 ~ 50-74 25-49 o-24 NO Data • 11 20 The Harsh Lands Fig.

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