Over the world as a whole, cereal production rose from 1,315 million tonnes in 1971 to 1,596 million tonnes in 1978; the production of pulses, fruits, nuts, total meat and milk also increased. In 1979, however, world cereals production fell, due largely to shortfalls caused by droughts and adverse climate in the USSR, South Asia, and many African countries.
Global production of crops and livestock grew by 2.6 per cent in 1996. In developing countries, production in that year grew by 2.9 per cent, compared to 5.2 per cent in 1995, 5 per cent in 1994 and 4 per cent in 1993.
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