Monday, February 8, 2010

Niger faces food crisis

In preparing my news article for french class tomorrow i came across an article on the Radio France International website that is very interesting in how the government is approaching the looming food crisis If my translation is correct 2.7 million people in Niger are facing a food shortage and the response of the government was to release 6 million de francs CFA to buy cereals.

That sounds like a lot of money until you plug it into a currency converter, then the amount seems really small- only $12,523. You can't even buy a "good" car for that much in Niger- how far is $12,523 going to stretch? This amount seems ridiculous when you consider how much money the government spends on other things, but at least its a something (about a 1/2 cent per person).

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