Health, Food, and Nutrition in Third World Development

Health, Food, and Nutrition in Third World Development

Health, Food, and Nutrition in Third World Development

Health, Food, and Nutrition in Third World Development


The development of effective health, food, and nutrition policies are essential to the rapid economic and social development of Third World countries. The essays in this volume cover basic issues such as development of the food supply, health care programs, the human environment, nutrition and malnutrition, the politics of food scarcity, and the impact of health and nutrition on the economy.


This resource book has two multifaceted purposes. Firstly, to document and analyze the current trends in the development of an effective policy related to health, food and nutrition of the third world countries -- and to evaluate the progress made by them during the past decade in attaining long term objectives of a sustained economic growth and improvement in the quality of living future populations.

We are all very much familiar with the problems of third world countries, usually described by Latin America (excluding Cuba), the whole of Africa, Asia (excluding its socialist countries, Japan and Israel) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand). They are plagued by poverty, very high rates of population growth, low growth rates of gross domestic product, low rates of industrialization, extremely high dependence on agriculture, high rate of unemployment, and uneven income distribution. Although the expression "third world countries" no longer has a clear meaning, majority of the international development experts would consider the poor developing countries to belong in the third world irrespective of their affiliation as aligned or non-aligned characteristic.

Secondly, major purpose of this volume is to provide the researchers with the much needed knowledge about the different sources of information and available data related to health, food, nutrition in third world development. These policies in the developing countries have raised many complex issues. While these issues are largely dependent on national policies and priorities, their solution is of international concern.

The pace and pattern of policies related to health, food and nutrition have varied widely among the developing countries partly because of differences in the availability of natural, human and capital resources and in factors such as size and location, and partly because of differences in objectives, strategies and policies of those countries. The issues affecting strategies and policies differ considerably at the present time from those that were important a decade ago and policy design is thus now more complex and difficult than before.

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