|Population and Agriculture (FAO)|
By participating in the activities of this module, group members will be able to:
· Improve their knowledge of the relationships between population and production of food and other agricultural products.
· Describe the relationship between population growth and demand for agricultural products.
· Describe the effects of population variations on the availability and distribution of the resources needed for agricultural production: land, water, technology, money.
· As population varies, the need for food and agricultural products also varies.
· If the quantity of productive agricultural land is limited, increased population can lead to over-use and exhaustion of the soil.
· Uncontrolled population increases may actually result in a decrease in agricultural production per person.
· Population growth creates and increases a need for the development of of jobs in the rural areas (nonagricultural as well as agricultural) to reduce rural-to-urban migration.
· Reduced land availability per person will require improved farming methods if demands are to be met.