CILSS warns of disquieting food situation across Sahel region

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) have warned of looming famine across the region.
The experts from Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea- Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal met 18-20 September in Bamako to evaluate the food situation and crop prospects for the 2002-2003 season.
They explained their worry on several indicators, notably poor rains.
The experts warned that unless the rains continue up to mid-October in central and west Sahel, "a good part of the crops would not mature.
" They further pointed out that the farming season was already virtually compromised in countries such as Mauritania, Senegal and the Gambia.
They warned that should it fail to rain into October, production this year would range no higher than 8-9.
5 million tons, compared to 11.
5 tons last year.
In Burkina Faso and Niger, scarcity has forced households to cut down on the quantity and number of meals a day, while in Mali about 600,000 people are threatened with food shortage.

23 september 2002 17:19:00

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