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T h e I F I A S p r o g r a m m e o n " F o o d a n d Fuel Self-Reliance" aims at examining t h e technical a n d s o c i o - c u l t u r a l c o n d i t i o n s f o r a m o r e selfreliant a n d decentralized p r o d u c t i o n of food a n d e n e r g y in t h e d e v e l o p i n g c o u n t r i e s . B y self- r e l i a n c e is m e a n t s a t i s f a c t i o n o f f o o d a n d fuel needs to be able to meet basic h u m a n re- q u i r e m e n t s a t t h e n a t i o n a l level. 3. R E S O U R C E AVAILABILITY (1) Land and Vegetation Extension of agricultural p r o d u c t i o n raises the question of the availability of suitable land.

A m a n w h o h a s collaborated with scientists of o t h e r disciplines, p e r h a p s b r i l l i a n t l y in a m u l t i d i s c i p l i n a r y t e a m , is o f t e n r e g a r d e d as s o m e t h i n g o f a d i l e t t a n t e a n d p a s s e d o v e r in p r o m o t i o n . T h i s is p e r h a p s a t e m p o r a r y p h e n o m e n o n s i n c e t h e r e is a l r e a d y a demonstrated dividuals, need deeply for broadly-based versed in a in- particular d i s c i p l i n e , b u t willing a n d a b l e t o w o r k communicate with those in other m e m b e r s of a c o m p o s i t e t e a m .

T h e c u r r e n t s i t u a t i o n is, h o w e v e r , still s o m e w h a t d i s c o u r a g i n g for t h e m a i n t e n a n c e o f e v e n t h e 3 % i n c r e a s e m e n t i o n e d a b o v e . In Third World countries, where food production has been stagnating or has even declined recently b e c a u s e o f h i g h p r i c e s a n d restricted a v a i l a b i l i t y o f e s s e n t i a l i m p o r t s s u c h as fuel a n d fertilizers, adequate financial support is T h e Resource Base n e c e s s a r y t o c o m p e n s a t e for e r o s i o n in t h e ability to i m p o r t .

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