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.
GV & SV DECD headquarters, Paris
GV INT Delegates down steps and entering conference room
GV Delegates at conference table
SV Sahel Club delegation, CILSS delegation seated listening
SV Canadian and German delegates seated listening (2 shots)
SVs Kuwait fund delegate and Abu Dhabi fund delegate (2 shots)
SV BADEA delegate, BAD delegate, FAD delegate (3 shots)
SVs Delegates from CCE, BIRD, Holland, France, United States (5 shots)
Member countries of the permanent Inter-State Committee on Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) are: Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta, and Cape Verde Islands.
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Background: 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.