FOOD SHORTAGES THREATEN 24 AFRICAN COUNTRIES, Senegal, January 1984 -
Dwindling supplies of fodder. The food supply outlook for Africa in 1984 remains serious with 24 countries facing emergency situations, according to the third situation report of the FAO/WFP Task Force on Africa. The roport confirmed the Task Force's warning last October of a sharp drop in cereal production in the 24 countries last year. It called for the delivery of 1.6 million tons in food aid and for almost $100 million for agricultural rehabilitation in the affected countries, which have a combined population of over 150 million people. The Task Force estimated the total cereal requirement of the 24 countries for 1983/84 at 5.3 million tons of which 3.4 million tons are estimated to be food aid requirements. Since known food aid pledges totalled 1.75 million tons, there remains a food aid gap of 1.6 million tons of cereals, 700,000 tons of which must be delivered by March. Among the 24 countries are The Gambia, Mali and Senegal.