Thin on the Ground

Land Resources: Now and for the Future






363 000 people were born

154 000 died

World population increased by 209 000

Annual world population increase:
2008 77 M, 2009 80 M, 2010 78 M, 2011 76 M


About the author

Anthony Young, author of this site and of Land Resources: Now and for the Future, has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of land resources, including survey, evaluation, planning, conservation and management. His work has been divided between university-based research into questions of natural resources, and practical contributions to rural development in Africa, Asia and tropical America. He was formerly Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Principal Scientist at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya. He has worked in over 40 developing countries, and carried out consultancies for FAO, the World Bank, and commercial organizations. He was founding Chairman of the Developing Areas Study Group of the Institute of British Geographers, a technical adviser to the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility programme, and a founding committee member of the Association for Better Land Husbandry.

He was a member of the teams which developed FAO methods of land evaluation and land use planning, and a principal author of their standard texts on land evaluation and land use planning. He has written 15 books and over 150 scientific articles. He received a Doctor of Science degree from the University of East Anglia, and the Cuthbert Peek Award of the Royal Geographical Society. Anthony Young is now Honorary Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

His most recent book is Thin on the Ground: Land Resource Survey in British Overseas Territories (The Memoir Club, Stanhope, UK, 2007, 230 pages).

Anthony Young publishes his latest thoughts on Land Resources at land-resources.blogspot.com