Arid Zone Development

Arid Zone Development

One-third of the earth’s land surface is arid or semi-arid. In 1975, in celebration of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s 50th anniversary, leading scientists from Israel and the United States. convened at the Academy to participate in a two-day program devoted to the problems and potentialities relating to the development of the world’s arid regions. Participants examined the development of arid and semi-arid lands as a problem of increasing concern to society that has implications for three critical areas – food, energy, and population. The contributors to the publication from the study look at the cultural, political, and economic factors that affect both the opportunities and the constraints in arid zone development, and the difficult policy choices to be faced.

Resulting Publication

  • Arid Zone Development: Potentialities and Problems, ed. Yair Mundlak and S. Fred Singer. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1977. (out of print)

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1975-1977
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Yair Mundlak (Hebrew University) and S. Fred Singer (University of Virginia)
  • SOURCES OF FUNDING: Sidney R. and Esther V. Rabb Foundation, Stop and Shop Foundation
  • COLLABORATING ORGANIZATION: Hebrew University of Jerusalem