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Emergency programme in Benin kick starts farm production after floods

05/11/2013 - 

FAO is supporting farming families in northern Benin who lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the Niger River overran its banks in August, just as many villagers were only barely getting back on their feet from the last floods in 2012.

On his first day in Benin, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with President Yayi Boni, who welcomed him to the country and accompanied him for some of his travels.

The FAO chief voiced his hope that Benin, which has vast agricultural potential and water resources especially in the country’s south, could become the future home of a regional food reserve that can offset shortfalls where production is weaker, such as in the arid Sahel.