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Monday, February 27, 2012

West African reps discuss food crisis

Representatives from 15 West African countries gathered in Ghana for a special meeting to discuss approaches within the medium term to tackle food crisis in the region, reports TheAfricaReport.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that there has been low and erratic rainfall coupled with insect infestations in Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Burkina Faso which led to poor harvests and lack of pasture in the affected countries.

It is also noted that the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies released over £500,000, about N122.6 million to assist 70,000 people pending the full assessments of the affected countries.
The meeting in Accra, Ghana also reviewed emerging challenges in funding, food availability, accessibility and other agricultural issues as well as the issue of climate change. Read more
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