See also:
» 15.07.2009 - World Bank increases support to Guinea Bissau
» 05.06.2008 - Food aid distributed in Guinea-Bissau
» 15.11.2006 - Guinea-Bissau's cashew crops rot as prices plummet
» 11.09.2006 - Guinea-Bissau unable to sell cashew harvest
» 12.07.2006 - Donor roundtable as country struggles
» 05.06.2006 - Villagers need help to recover from border fighting
» 20.01.2005 - Portugal aids Guinea-Bissau fighting locusts
» 10.01.2005 - Locust invasion causes panic in Bissau

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Agriculture - Nutrition | Economy - Development

Famine warning issued in Guinea-Bissau

afrol News / IRIN, 5 May - More than 32,000 people are at risk of starvation in Guinea-Bissau's southern rice-bowl region after crops failed for a second year running and government price-fixing decimated the cashew trade that usually supplements incomes. Salination of rice fields following flooding mainly caused the crops to fail.

Starving peasants in the Quinara and Tombali regions and the Bijagos Islands of the former Portuguese colony are chewing on unripe mangos for sustenance as food stocks and drinking water run dry, a local radio report said this week. The UN has estimated more than 32,000 people are at risk of starvation and illness.

Salination of rice-paddy irrigation channels caused by flooding from mangrove forests, lack of rain, and pests and crop diseases that have blighted around 70 percent of cultivable land in these areas is responsible for the hunger, Bissau-Guinean Agriculture Minister Sola Inquilin said in a statement earlier this week.

In average years the verdant southern region of Guinea-Bissau grows more than 70 percent of the country's 100,000-ton rice crop, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The country is located south of the Sahel zone, thus normally being blessed with enough rains to maintain an intensive agriculture.

Minister Inquilin however said that this year, the situation for desperate southerners has been compounded by the depletion of food stocks after floods and locust invasions wiped out crops last year. The Bissau government has appealed to the international community for urgent assistance in the stricken provinces.

Alanso Fati, the Guinea-Bissau representative of the Organisation of Workers in West Africa, told the UN media 'IRIN' that the failed rice crop is not the only reason for local woes. He said the crisis has partly been caused by widespread over-dependence on selling cashew nuts.

Cashew nuts have rocketed to become one of Guinea-Bissau's biggest export products, and according to government statistics at least 90 percent of Bissau-Guineans depend on selling small quantities of the nut to traders to supplement their incomes. Cashew nuts usually count on relatively high prices on the world market and Guinea-Bissau is the world's main producer of this popular snack.

The notoriously volatile Cashew nuts industry is currently being rocked by a government-enforced price freeze, which is meant to force traders to buy nuts for more than double their usual price, but has instead sparked massive inflation.

"The peasants need to diversify their practices to include other kinds of agriculture. But the government also needs to accept the loss of some money and reduce the amount of food it is selling abroad," said Mr Fati. "It is not the traders' fault that prices are so high. It is the government that needs to adopt new measures," added Mr Fati.

Agriculture remains the most common way of life for Bissau-Guineans, who are the fifth poorest people in the world, according to the 2005 UN Human Development Index. Since the 1980s successive Bissau-Guinean governments have been gradually shifting the country away from the central planning system set up after independence from Portugal in 1974. The country also was rocked by a civil war 1998-99.

- Create an e-mail alert for Guinea-Bissau news
- Create an e-mail alert for Agriculture - Nutrition news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at