By Lester R. Brown and Erik P. Eckholm (Auth.)
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I J 1965 1967 ^ I I I 1969 1971 1973 Source: US. Department of Agriculture. Figure 3-2. Total and Per Capita Food Production in Less Developed Countries, 1961-73 increases in population. The result is virtually no improvement in per-capita food production. Furthermore, given the growing scarcity of the basic inputs of land, water, energy, and fertilizer, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the less developed countries will be able to improve diets significantly in the foreseeable future unless they can quickly reduce birth rates.
Thirty-year-old mothers who look sixty. * Most children in the poor countries suffer from protein malnutrition at one time or another. Even children who received adequate protein while being breast-fed often experience protein deficiencies after weaning because of the changeover from mother's milk to a diet of cheap, starchy, easily digestible foods, like cassava, yams, and bananas. The stomachs of young children will not hold enough of these bulky staples to provide an adequate supply of protein.
Massive efforts will be needed to stabilize shifting sand dunes, revegetate denuded rangelands, and design appropriate new cultivation systems. However, the vastness of the Sahel and the delicate social problems involved in any attempts to alter the living habits of the proud nomadic peoples inhabiting much of the region will make progress on a significant scale exceedingly difficult. The process of desertification afflicting the Sahara region in Africa is also occurring in Asia, Latin America, and southern Africa.
By Bread Alone by Lester R. Brown and Erik P. Eckholm (Auth.)