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1. POPULATION GROWTH, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND FOOD SUPPLIES (A. Weber). Introduction. Agricultural resources and their use.Population growth. Food supply worldwide. Agricultural production – global, continental and national potentials. Ways of expanding food production. Risks in cultivating and irrigating more land. Implications of rapid population growth for agricultural policy. The role and priority of the agricultural sector in developing countries. Aims and problems of agricultural policy in developing countries. The contribution of land-saving advances in technology to growth. The economics of crop protection. Priorities in perspective. Present concerns and outlook into a distant future. Acceptance and perceived risks of crop protection. References.
2. CROP PROTECTION – PAST AND PRESENT (H.-W. Dehne, F. Schönbeck). Introduction. Changes in crop production.Cultivation techniques and crop rotation. Plant nutrition and soil fertility. Plant breeding. The development of pest control. Changes in the incidence and importance of pathogens, animal pests and weeds. Development of chemical control. Biological and integrated control. Challenges to phytomedicine and pest control. References.
3. ESTIMATED CROP LOSSES DUE TO PATHOGENS, ANIMAL PESTS AND WEEDS (E.-C. Oerke). Data sources and data analysis.Problems in compiling the data. General approach to current data compilation. Definitions and nomenclature. Data sources. Data analysis. Mode of operation and presentation of production and loss data: Indian case study. Conclusions. References. Estimated crop losses in rice. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop Losses in Oceana. Overall su