Mauritania in nutrition crisis, not famine - says WFP official

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania is not facing famine but a nutrition crisis, which requires urgent attention, according to Mustapha Darboe, Regional Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for West and Central Africa.
Speaking here Thursday after a three-day visit to the country, he cited a December 2005 survey, which showed that 12% of children under age five suffered malnutrition.
To finance a Prolonged Relief and Recovery Intervention Programme (IPSR) following several years of drought and locust invasions in 2004 and 2005, it is estimated that the Mauritanian government requires about 4.
5 million US dollars.
Meanwhile, Food Security Commissioner, Abdallah Ould Ahmed Damou said the country had set up an information and monitoring system of food security indicators.

14 july 2006 17:26:00




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