ArticlesInteraction of Science and Technology with Societal Problems

World food and nutrition: the scientific and technological base

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Science  04 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4452, pp. 157-164
DOI: 10.1126/science.7384794


Alleviation of world hunger and poverty will require the accelerated development and application in each low-income country of a broad spectrum of technologies based on advances in the biological, social, and physical sciences. They will range from improved cropping systems for farmers or small labor-intensive enterprises (small and beautiful) to nationwide transportation and communications systems, power grids, and other distribution and marketing capabilities (big and beautiful). Concerted action through a combination of commodity production campaigns, area development efforts, and overhaul of outdated national agencies offers the best prospect for overcoming both hunger and poverty.