Few people attending this conference have ever visited a developing country, let alone worked in one. Used as we are to the cosseted environment of the developed world, we take much for granted. A few statistics from the World Development Report 1983 will perhaps bring home to you the contrast between the developed and developing world Table 1. For example, adult literacy may be low 26 per cent in Bangladesh there are exceptions to this, as in Tanzania where literacy has reached 79 per cent, partly a result of Unesco's experimental World Literacy Programme and partly due to that country's own specific literacy projects. A good indication of the standard of living and general prosperity is the GNP per head this is US140 in Bangladesh, but 2,220 in Brazil and 10,080 in Japan. The lower the GNP per head, the greater is the dependence on agriculture. In Malaysia, threequarters of the population are associated with agriculture. Worldwide, 700 million of the absolutely poor live in rural areas 280 million farm one hectare or less, mostly on land that is dependent on natural rainfall.
Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 1984
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