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Farmers turn European support into profit

3 August 2011, Lomé, Togo/Rome - The European Union's (EU) investment in agricultural rehabilitation in Togo has led to benefits that are almost double their cost, according to FAO. The Organization used EU funding to help Togolese farmers cope with high food prices and climatic adversities.

Togo's rural population suffered the most from floods and sharp increases in food prices that hit the country in 2007 and 2008.

These shocks exacerbated malnutrition in rural areas, where it was already high due to demographic pressure and the collapse of cotton cultivation, a major cash crop. In 2006, almost 50 percent of the population was underfed, according to figures from the UN World Food Programme.

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