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Sahel: donors and recipients join forces to move region into the 20th century.

Authors
  • Caplan, E R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Front Lines
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1979
Volume
17
Issue
4
Pages
4–5
Identifiers
PMID: 12335941
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the Sahel region of West Africa, the Club du Sahel has been organized - the "Permanent Inter-State Committee on Drought Control in the Sahel" (CILSS/Club). The organizations resulted from the 1968-1973 drought that swept across Chad, Niger, Mali, Upper Volta, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, and Cape Verde - the 8 countries of the Sahel. When drought recurred in 1975, international development agencies and the Sahel countries were convinced that a lack of rain is a fairly permanent condition of the Sahel, and plans should be made accordingly. Focus of the billion-dollar-a-year development effort is on improving agriculture so the people of Sahel have enough to eat even through unusually dry periods. At the Club's 3rd annual meeting in Amsterdam, delegates recognized the need to focus efforts on satisfying basic human needs as well as economic interests. Although the Sahel is not overpopulated in the same way as Bangladesh, many experts believe that much of the deteriorating situations was influenced by some degree of overpopulation. A long-term commitment by donors is required if the full potential of the Sahel is to be realized.

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