Publishing Details

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authored by:
Hazell, Peter; Wood, Stanley
Publication Date: 
February, 2008
Journal Title: 
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences)
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As a result of agricultural intensification, more food is produced today than needed to feed the entire world population and at prices that have never been so low. Yet despite this success and the impact of globalization and increasing world trade in agriculture, there remain large, persistent and, in some cases, worsening spatial differences in the ability of societies to both feed themselves and protect the long-term productive capacity of their natural resources. This paper explores these differences and develops a country×farming systems typology for exploring the linkages between human needs, agriculture and the environment, and for assessing options for addressing future food security, land use and ecosystem service challenges facing different societies around the world.


Hazell, Peter; Wood, Stanley (2008) "Drivers of Change in Global Agriculture," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences), vol. 363, 1491.

Additional Attributes

Primary Contact: Stanley Wood
Keywords: Agricultural Development, Economic Development, Food Security, Food Supply, Natural Resources, Sustainable Development