The State of Food and Agriculture 1996 was prepared by a team from the Agriculture and Economic Development Analysis Division led by F.L. Zegarra and comprising G.E. Rossmiller, J.Skoet and S. Teodosijevic. Secretarial support was provided by S. Di Lorenzo and P. Di Santo. Statistical and research support was provided by G. Arena, P.L. Iacoacci and O. Onorascenzo.
Contributions and background papers for the World review were prepared by L. Naiken and P. Narain (External assistance to agriculture), G.V. Everett (Fisheries: catch disposition and trade), M. Chipeta and M. Palmieri (Forestry production and trade), R. Nugent (Urban agriculture: an oxymoron?), B. Huff (Information technology: what it means for agriculture), N. Messer (The threat of desertification) and F. Sandiford (Support services policy for agricultural development). The sections on food shortages and emergencies, the cereal market situation, food aid and international agricultural prices were prepared by the staff of the Commodities and Trade Division units supervised by J. Greenfield, P. Fortucci, W. Lamada, A. Rashid and H. Ryan.
Contributions and background papers for the Regional review were prepared by L. Jacobsen (sub-Saharan Africa), J. Skoet (Burkina Faso), D.H. Brooks (Asia and the Pacific), R. Nugent (Pakistan), J.L. Rhi-Sausi (Latin America and the Caribbean), C.F. Jaramillo (Colombia), M. Ahmad and S. Hafeez (Near East and North Africa and the Palestine Territories), J. Budavari (Central and Eastern Europe), N. Cuffaro (Commonwealth of Independent States), K. Grey (Belorus and Moldova) and C.E. Young (The United States 1996 Farm Act).
The special chapter, Food security: some macroeconomic dimensions, was prepared by F. Sandiford with contributions from D. Culver, K. Farrell and D. Gale Johnson.
The State of Food and Agriculture 1996 was edited by J. Shaw. The graphics were prepared by M. Cappucci and the layout by M. Criscuolo with C. Ciarlantini. The cover and illustrations were produced by Studio Page.