World Hunger: Approaches to Engineering Actions: Report of a Seminar is the summary of a seminar of the Committee on Public Engineering Policy (COPEP) of the Assembly of Engineering convened in July, 1974. Participants presented and discussed ways in which engineering resources and techniques could be applied to improve food production, processing, storage, and distribution to achieve food security in the poorest of nations.
A combination of unfortunate circumstances--bad weather, poor harvest, sharply rising prices for energy and fertilizer--precipitated a world food crisis in the years 1972-1974. Hardest hit were the people in the poorest and some of the most populous developing countries. Because of large grain purchases by the Soviet Union and an earlier U.S. policy to reduce its agricultural surpluses to manageable levels, food supplies in the world market became insufficient and too costly for the needy countries.
This report promotes the vital interconnection between farm production and social organization, between resource requirements and trade balances, between the rational use of the ecosystem and the wellbeing of all people. World Hunger: Approaches to Engineering Actions presents a coordinated strategy of actions for achieving worldwide food security. Topics covered include raising crop yields through better agricultural and irrigation practices, improving food technology, and building more efficient transport and management systems for the delivery of inputs to farmers and food to market. This book makes the case that engineers have a contribution to make and that opportunities for engineering innovation and talent to develop technological options to help solve this problem are manifold.
Table of Contents
|A NATIONAL FOOD POLICY: WHY WE NEED ONE||5-14|
|TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE FOOD SUPPLY||15-24|
|TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE AND DELIVER FOOD||25-32|
|PLANNING IMPLICATIONS FOR INCREASING FOOD SUPPLIES||33-38|
|CALL TO ENGINEERS||39-44|
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