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31 Dec 2002 description
report Oxfam

Mariam Mint Eli is planting sorghum seeds between the cracks in the parched earth that is her field, the desperate act of one who has little expectation of harvesting anything edible but has little choice. Mariam's crops have almost completely failed this year, the result of a total lack of rain between July and September in the Affolé region of southern Mauritania. She is now attempting to sow seeds for a second time, in the face of the fact that the next rains are not due for another nine months.

31 Dec 2002 description
report Oxfam

Alaka Mint Bilal, now 86 years old, came to the town of Sangrava in southern Mauritania two years ago in search of water, food and a better environment in which to bring up her family. What she found was more of what she had hoped she had left behind. The rainy season in many parts of southern Mauritania has been providing gradually less water over recent years. This year it has failed completely.

25 Dec 2002 description

Op-ed article from The Washington Post

20 Dec 2002 description
report Oxfam

Dry, arid land, as far as the eye can see. Just what you would expect to see in southern Mauritania, in the Sahel desert of West Africa. But not at this time of year. At this time of year the view should be of lush, knee-high, pasture, of sorghum and millet growing in fields and of grain stores full of a harvest recently gathered.

17 Dec 2002 description

PR 02/129
Rome, 17 December 2002 - Some 40 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are threatened by severe food shortages and a major humanitarian crisis is deepening in southern Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

16 Dec 2002 description

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme today officially launched the Africa Hunger Alert campaign, aimed at drawing international attention to the unprecedented hunger crisis gripping the African continent where 38 million people face starvation.

16 Dec 2002 description

Nouakchott, 16/12/02 - Le gouvernement mauritanien a reçu lundi à l'aéroport de Nouakchott une cargaison de produits alimentaires divers, don royal aux populations mauritaniennes éprouvées par la sécheresse.

Cet arrivage est le premier lot d'une "caravane de solidarité" qui comprend également cinq camions chargés de produits alimentaires en route pour la Mauritanie.

Le don a été remis au commissaire mauritanien à la sécurité alimentaire M. Sidi Mohamed Ould Biya, par M.

06 Dec 2002 description

This report includes:
A) Global Alert

B) Middle East Region: (1) Palestinian Territories

C) Asia Region: (1) Democratic People's Republic of Korea

D) West Africa Region: (1) Côte d'Ivoire (2) Liberia (3) Sierra Leone (4) Guinea, (5) Guinea Bissau (6) Mauritania

E) Eastern and Central Africa Region: (1) Ethiopia, (2) Somalia, (3) Eritrea, (4) Djibouti, (5) Burundi

F) Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Mozambique, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe, (7) Angola

05 Dec 2002 description
report Mercy Corps

In response to the catastrophic hunger crisis in Africa, the executives of the American humanitarian organizations engaged in food aid and the Executive Director of the United Nations' World Food Program have come together to act. Today, we launch a global campaign to assist more than 34 million people who face the very real risk of death by starvation. This crisis is compounded by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which is devastating the productive populations of many African countries.

05 Dec 2002 description
report Mercy Corps

More than 34 million at risk of starvation in Africa

03 Dec 2002 description

James T. Morris, Executive Director World Food Programme
New York

03 Dec 2002 description
report UN Security Council

40 Million People at Risk of Starvation, Says Head of World Food Programme;
More Consistent Humanitarian Funding, Investment in Agriculture Urgently Needed

03 Dec 2002 description

Faits saillants
Les mauvaises conditions agro-climatiques caractérisées par un retard d’installation de l’hivernage, des pluies insuffisantes et mal réparties ont compromis les récoltes céréalières en Mauritanie pour la seconde année consécutive.

La production céréalière 2002/2003 estimée à 99 705 tonnes est en baisse de 18 pour cent par rapport à la campagne 2001/2002 qui était déjà inférieure de 32 pour cent à 2000/2001. Comparée à la moyenne des cinq dernières années, elle est en baisse de 41 pour cent.

03 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 3 December (IRIN) - Food security prospects in West Africa as at November 2002, were varied with a mixed performance recorded in the cereal harvest in the Sahel sub-region, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday.