Some Aspects of Land Utilization in Uganda

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MacDonald A. S.
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The present-day extent of agricultural statistical knowledge, in particular the information accumulated and interpreted by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, has forcibly brought to the attention of the world's inhabitants the inescapable fact that the rapid rise in total population is outstripping the cultivators' ability to increase the world's total food supplies. In the past predictions of disaster due to food shortages have been rejected as alarmist, but such is the size of today's world population that within a relatively short period of time the problem of providing food for the world's people will be of overriding concern. Also with improved medical facilities, rising standards of living, mass education commonplace, and a world where communications in all senses are extensive and rapid, the historical philosophic acceptance of widespread malnutrition associated with food shortage is no ,longer acceptable to the modern conscience. The size of the world problem is seen when one realizes that the present population is 3,000 million, with a certainty of being 4,000 million by 1980, and with a real prospect of being 6,000 million by the turn of the century. This population explosion associated with misdistribution will inevitably have major repercussions in terms of world politics and agricultural policies and may influence agricultural developments in Uganda not many years hence.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXIX (No. 2), p. 147-156