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Overcoming child malnutrition in developing countries

About 167 million children under five years of age —almost one-third of the developing world’s children —are malnourished. If they survive childhood, many of these children will suffer from poorer cognitive development and lower productivity. As…

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Population growth and policy options in the developing world

The population of the developing world has doubled since 1965 and now stands at 4.8 billion. This growth in human numbers has been a principal cause of a rising demand for food, water, and other life-sustaining resources in the past and will continue…

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The potential impact of AIDS on population and economic growth rates.

AIDS is a human tragedy and a major health problem. The scale of the disease is so large that it now raises questions about the impact of AIDS on the future development path of many of the world’s poorest developing countries. Through its effects on…

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Causes of hunger

The persistence of hunger in a world of plenty is the most profound moral contradiction of our age. Nearly 800 million people in the developing world (20 percent of the total population) are chronically undernourished. At least 2 billion suffer from…

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Generating food security in the year 2020

Meeting world food needs in the year 2020 will depend even more than it does now on the capabilities and resources of women. Women are responsible for generating food security for their families in many developing countries, particularly in…