Debating food and population in the interwar years: A view from the League of Nations

Author/s Lorella Tosone, Angela Villani
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/52
Language Italian Pages 27 P. 169-195 File size 128 KB
DOI 10.3280/XXI2023-052008
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Since the beginning of the Nineteen century, the relationship between pop- ulation growth and food availability has been dealt with by demographers, economists, agricultural experts, and nutrition scientists. However, it has still not been adequately explained. Based on archival documents and offi- cial publications, this essay analyses how the League of Nations interpreted the relationship between food resources and population growth, at a time when demographic issues became a political concern, addressed in many European countries through pro-natalist policies, while advances in social medicine and nutrition science suggested the opportunity to combat hunger and malnutrition of a growing population through increased production and trade liberalization.

Keywords: League of Nations; food availability; population policies; agri- cultural development; international organizations

Lorella Tosone, Angela Villani, Debating food and population in the interwar years: A view from the League of Nations in "VENTUNESIMO SECOLO" 52/2023, pp 169-195, DOI: 10.3280/XXI2023-052008