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Feb 22, 2012

FAO Meets in West Africa to Discuss Famine in Sahel

Western Sahel Region
USAID, Famine Early Warning System (FEWS.net)
On 22 February 2012, The Africa Report printed an article on a meeting organized by United Nations' FAO in Accra, Ghana to gather security and agricultural experts to discuss food security in West Africa.  The Sahel region is experiencing drought and insect infestations that have resulted in poor harvests in Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Burkina Faso.  Food prices are high and supplies low.  The International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies have already released over £500,000 to help 70,000 people.

The meeting was held to plan how the region could achieve poverty reduction and food security by 2015.  Solutions included renewed focus on agricultural production with investments in improved seeds, agricultural supplies, and farm equipment so farmers can increase their food crops.  It also includes "productivity and diversification as well as household incomes, with focus on small holders and vulnerable groups. ...address[ing] pervasive gender inequalities, the marginalization of minority groups as well as the inequalities between territories, areas and countries."

For more see: “West Africa: Adressing Food Crisis,” The Africa Report, 22 February 2012.

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