Talks have been held in Algeria on ways of improving the level of food production in the drought stricken countries in the Sahel region of Northern Africa.
GV Interior delegates at Sahel conference
CU PULLBACK TO SV delegation from Algeria Pan across to Libyan delegation
CU Chad delegation
SV Mali delegation and Mauritanian delegation
CU PULLBACK TO GV Niger delegation
SVs various delegates at conference (3 shots)
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Background: Talks have been held in Algeria on ways of improving the level of food production in the drought stricken countries in the Sahel region of Northern Africa. The Sahel region borders the Sahara Desert which was hit by a disastrous drought between 1969 and 1974. In 1976, the Sahel Club was created, an informal association bringing together the countries of the region including Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.
SYNOPSIS: The latest meeting of the Sahel member countries took place in Algiers on Monday ( 8 December). The five years of drought hit a region too poor to endure the long period without rain. The cost was high. One hundred thousand people died, the ecological balance was upset, and the Sahel began merging with the Sahara Desert. Now, six years later, there's much to be done to help the people of the region prepare for the next drought cycle. The Sahel Club has opened a new chapter in the history of cooperation between the developed and underdeveloped worlds.
The aim of the association is to achieve food self-sufficiency in the Sahel by the end of the century, regardless of possible climatic hazards. This means that by the year 2000, the production of traditional cereals and meat must be doubled. The land will have to yield five times as much rice. To achieve this, the Sahel Club plans to finance major irrigation projects.