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Trends in world agricultural exports
Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The availability of food within a specific country can be guaranteed
in two ways: Either by food production in the country itself
or by trade. The first option has been discussed extensively
in the previous chapters. The second option has become more
and more important (Figure 29), with increasing transport
possibilities and storing capacities and the growing challenges
faced by some countries in their domestic production, including
because of limitations in available cropland. International
trade in agricultural products has expanded more rapidly than
global agricultural GDP (FAO, 2005).