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Launching the Oxfam International Briefing Paper on Food Prices – 16th October

October 16th, 2008 Posted in Agriculture, English

The World Food Day was a great Opportunity for Oxfam International in West Africa to launch the Briefing Paper Double-Edged Prices. In Senegal, Oxfam International organised in partnership with GCAP a debate on the food crisis with members of civil society, government and researchers. In the region there will be additional national activities, including campaign launches and agricultural debates and workshops.  More to come….

“Attention to Food crisis and efforts to find solution to this crisis have reduced. We need a synergy of all actors to restore the debate” said Mamadou Biteye Regional Director of Oxfam America when launching the paper today.

See video of Biteye explaining the Objectives of the Briefing Paper

“We’ve felt that this issue will arise one day. That’s why we’ve put a lot of energy to boost the local rice production” Djibril Diaw President of PINORD Rice Producers Steering Committee

See video of Djibril Diao sharing the producer’s view about the food crisis

 “The food crisis hits the poorest who are already suffering and do not have enough to cope. Things will get worse if measures are not taken to boost food production. It is time for West African governments to consider, agriculture which has been neglected over the past twenty years, as a priority. That can only be done through strong investment in this sector”.
Mrs Wore Gana Seck President of Congad

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