The Green Revolution

What It Would Do

  • produces better and bigger crops
  • decreases poverty and hunger in countries
  • provides more resources to a country
  • can give a country export resources to build its economy
  • planting the seeds and managing the resources are many tasks, which creates jobs for the country, improving its economy
  • can potentially make a country self sufficient

An Example: India

- Crop areas under high-yield varieties needed more water, more fertilizer, more pesticides, fungicides and certain other chemicals. This spurred the growth of the local manufacturing sector. Such industrial growth created new jobs and contributed to the country's GDP.
- The increase in irrigation created need for new dams to harness monsoon water. The water stored was used to create hydroelectric power. This in turn boosted industrial growth, created jobs and improved the quality of life of the people in the villages.
- India paid back all loans it had taken from the World Bank and its affiliates for the purpose of the Green Revolution. This improved India's creditworthiness in the eyes of the lending agencies.