Ladejinsky, Wolf
July 1970
Foreign Affairs;Jul1970, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p758
This article discusses the effects of green revolution on the economy in India. For nearly five years the "green revolution" bas been under way in a number of agriculturally underdeveloped countries of Asia. Its advent into tradition-bound rural societies was heralded as the rebuttal to the dire predictions of hunger stalking large parts of the world. But more than that, those carried away with euphoria at the impending. This is seen very decisively in India's experience. There, extravagant anticipations have been replaced by a more sober and meaningful appreciation of its accomplishments and of the possibilities for expanding the scope of the technology beyond its current narrow limits. Since agricultural development is the basis of the country's economic growth, this is a very significant gain. Dramatic and speedy solutions to the problems with the existing rice technology cannot be expected. But it would be an error to conclude that they are insurmountable. From the few successes and many more failures much bas been learned.


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