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Dimitra Newsletter no 4, 2000

Rural women and development







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    Dimitra Newsletter no 5, 2000
    Rural women and development
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    In the present issue, a large proportion of the columns will be been devoted to the Reflection and Self-Evaluation Workshop held in Brussels on 16-18 October with the partners of the Dimitra Project. We then go on to describe some projects of particular interest from the point of view of biodiversity, gender and food security.
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    Dimitra Newsletter no 3, 1999
    Rural women and development
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    In the present issue it presents the FAO High Level Consultation on Rural Women and Information, which is to be held in Rome from 4 to 6 October. The main issues to be discussed at the Consultation are detailed in the editorial of the present Newsletter, which also contains further presentations of our local partners in Africa and the Near East.
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    SAHEL WEATHER AND CROP SITUATION REPORT - October 2000 2000
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    Precipitation was generally widespread and abundant over the main agricultural zones of the Sahel in July and early August, but decreased from late August to early September over the eastern half of the Sahel. It picked up in mid-September and remained generally normal to above normal until late September, except in Chad. Harvest prospects are favourable in the western countries of the Sahel and mixed in the eastern part. Above average or record crops are anticipated in The Gambia, Senegal, Maur itania and Mali. Production will increase in Guinea Bissau. Growing conditions improved in Cape Verde following recent heavy rains. In the centre of the Sahel, harvest prospects are favourable in the south and the south-west of Burkina Faso but unfavourable in the centre, the east and the north. In Niger, crops have been affected by reduced rains in late August/early September, but overall, an average harvest is anticipated. In Chad, harvest prospects are unfavourable in the Sahelian zone and mi xed in the Sudanian zone. Satellite images for early October show that cloud coverage is moving southwards, which is normal. However, it is still raining in southern Senegal, southern Chad, central Niger and some areas of Mali and Burkina Faso. Harvesting of maize and early millet has started in some countries. Crops are generally developing satisfactorily in the western half of the Sahel region while improved rains in mid-September benefited crops affected by dry spells earlier in central and eastern Burkina Faso, most parts of Niger and the Sahelian zone of Chad.

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