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World food production reached a record high in 1986, exceeding 1985's record by about 1 percent, despite declining food output in Latin America, the United States, Western Europe, and Oceania. World food production generally increased faster than population from 1977 to 1986. Production of agricultural commodities increased at an annual compound rate of about 2.3 percent but only 0.7 percent on a per capita basis. This report presents indices of total and per capita agricultural and food production for 1977-86 for 111 countries, 12 regions, and the world. The indices are calculated using a Laspeyres base-weighted aggregate formula.

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