The Ivory Coast has signed an agreement in Abidjan with a United Nations agency to provide the African state with a massive aid programme to boost the country's farming industry.
SV: Mr. Diko Garba shaking hands with U.N. representative Georges Makovsky and other officials.
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SV: Makovsky signing agreement.
GV:Makovsky signing PAN TO other European delegates.
SV: Garba and Makovsky shaking hands.
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Background: The Ivory Coast has signed an agreement in Abidjan with a United Nations agency to provide the African state with a massive aid programme to boost the country's farming industry.
SYNOPSIS: Monsieur Diko Garba, the Ivory Coast minister responsible for the aid programme signed the agreement on behalf of his government. Monsieur Georges Makovsky signed the agreement on behalf of the United Nations Food and Agricultural organisation, responsible for sponsoring the programme. Monsieur Garba explained that it was planned to concentrate on boosting the animal farming stock of the Ivory Coast -- in particular beef cattle. He explained that after the 1972 drought which devastated much of the land south of the Sahara, including the Ivory Coast, it was vital to revive the farming industry. Many nations were hit by the drought including Mauritania, Nigeria and northern Ghana. Millions of animals died causing illness, starvation and death among the human community.
The aid to the Ivory coast includes the services of a team of international experts employed by the United Nations to guide and advise on the aid programme. Their job, says the U.N. is primarily to see that the money and foodstuffs for the farming stock is wisely used. The U.N. says the experts will also play an educational role - helping farmers to protect their stock -- even in conditions of severe drought. They will also assist with anti-drought programmes including irrigation and the growing of natural stock feeds. Monsieur Garba called the project very timely for the Ivory Coast which had five per cent of its farming stock killed in the 1972 drought.