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    Delegates from a committee representing eight West African countries have been meeting in Paris with representatives from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, DECD, to discuss aid plans for the drought-prone Sahel region of Africa.

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    Delegates from a committee representing eight West African countries have been meeting in Paris with representatives from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, DECD, to discuss aid plans for the drought-prone Sahel region of Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: The meeting, in the OECD headquarters in Paris, is also being attended by other international aid and finance organisations. The discussions began on Tuesday (25 April) and are to run until Friday (28 April). The meeting is part of a series of talks that have been held to organise long term development strategy for the Sahel region. It is an area of Africa that runs almost 3,000 miles (4,800 kms) 27 million people live in the region, supported by subsistence agriculture. Life expectancy is about 37 years, illness and malnutrition are endemic. Then, on top of this, came a long drought. It lasted for five years, from 1968 to 1973, and caused heavy losses in human lives, livestock and crops.

    International relief efforts stopped the drought from becoming a disaster, and now efforts are being made to draw up a permanent solution to the problem. This meeting is part of the plan. The delegates here discussed two elements of a scheme that it is hoped will eventually lead to the region achieving self sufficiency in food -- the development of cattle stock destroyed during the drought and the re-construction of the road system.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAF0OEKCM43KN6HGZKR8S4EO6M
    Media URN:
    VLVAAF0OEKCM43KN6HGZKR8S4EO6M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
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    N/A

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