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Volume :12 Issue : 45 1986      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

POPULATION GROWTH AND FOOD LEVELS IN THE ARAB GULF STATES: 1975 – 1980

Auther : By: Prof. Makki Aziz

The six Arab-Gulf state of Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain witness a wide gap between population growth and local production of food or per capita share of food available for consumption. This study aims at revealing the relationship between food production and the increasing demand of the population as well as the possibilities of self-sufficiency in the various food stuffs: cereals, vegetables, fruits, legumes, potatoes, meats, fish, eggs, milk, sugar and fats. Such a relation is graphically represented in figures where the lengths of the radiation of the circles refer to the average of per capita share of each of the food stuffs.

The results derived from this study could be summarized as follows:

    1. Great variations of per-capita food shares among the six Arab Gulf states.
    2. Food distribution in the six states shows that cereals comprise Legumes, potatoes and animal products are of minor importance.
    3. The degree of self-sufficiency for each of the food-stuffs has been calculated for each state. It seems generally very low, except for cereals, which show noticeable variations among the different states.
    4. Encouraging possibility of increasing food production through various means, such as, increasing the cultivated area, intensification and diversification of food production, changing food habits and avoidance of food wastage.

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