Population and food resources
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Population and food resources book
There can be little doubt that rapid population growth has a significant influence in shaping patterns of economic development in the Third World, but many different views have been expressed as to the precise role of population change in the development process. Many developing countries have managed to sustain increases in their population's average income per capita at the same time as experiencing rapid population growth, thus illustrating that economic and demographic growth are not exclusive processes. It is important, however, to ask whether rapid population growth reduces the pace of development, or whether it has the inverse effect, acting as a stimulant to the implementation of more efficient development policies.