A two-day conference opened in Dakar on Friday (26 March) to discuss ways of combatting drought in Africa's Sahel region.
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Background: A two-day conference opened in Dakar on Friday (26 March) to discuss ways of combatting drought in Africa's Sahel region.
The conference was attended by ministers from the eight member countries of the Inter-State Committee for Drought-Control in the Sahel (CILSS). These are Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia, Niger, Chad, Cape Verde Islands and Upper Volta.
The ministers considered weather problems, the committee's budget, members' contributions and ways of moving agricultural products in the region.
Another international conference will open in Dakar on Monday (27 March) at which a society will be formed called 'The Friends of the Sahel'. This society will be made up of members from CILSS and the 24-nation Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Sahel is a semi-arid to the south of the Sahara Desert with a population of about 27 million. A very several draught in 1973 caused heavy losses in human lives and animals.
SYNOPSIS: The Foreign Ministry in Dakar, Senegal -- where a two-day conference opened on Friday to discuss Africa's drought-hit Sahel region. Delegates from the eight countries of the Sahel region -- Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia, Niger, Chad, Cape Verde Islands and Upper Volta -- attended the conference. The main subjects for discussion were weather problems and ways of moving agricultural products in the region.
The Senegal Foreign Minister, Assane Seck, led the talks on the region's needs. The Sahel is a semi-arid area to the south of the Sahara Desert with a population of about 27 million. A very severe drought in 1973 caused the loss of tens of thousands of lives and most of the area's wildstock. The economies of the Sahel countries rely heavily upon their agricultural output.
In 1974, international aid to the region totalled over 600 million U.S. dollars.