CONVOYS of lorries carrying seeds have been sent by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation into the interior of desert-dominated Mauritania, under the agency's Initiative on Soaring Food Prices. This focuses on a root of this inflation - declines in food production capacity within developing countries, leaving them vulnerable to shortages caused by emerging market demand, poor weather and biofuel production. Mauritania produces less than 30% of its food needs, with just 0.5% of its land available for arable foodstuffs. In the ...

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