Farming and Food in Communist Lands

Archive Report

Soviet Agriculture's Gains and Setbacks

Coming Kremlin Review of Agricultural Policy

Poor harvests in the Soviet Union, Red China and the Soviet satellite countries of Eastern Europe indicate that nations of the Communist bloc may soon face distressing food shortages. Famine is improbable even in undernourished Communist China, which has suffered its second bad crop year in succession. But the Chinese crop failures may seriously retard industrialization programs financed largely through the proceeds of exports of agricultural commodities.

Russia with a diversified agriculture and large food stocks is best prepared to withstand harvest setbacks. They nevertheless may make it difficult for the Soviet Union to achieve its announced goal of surpassing the present American output of major farm products by 1965. And food shortages in the satellite ...

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