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Agricultural experts worried over Cote d'Ivoire's food security situation

(Xinhua)

16:04, August 25, 2011

ABIDJAN, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Experts meeting in Abidjan under the auspices of Cote d'Ivoire Association for Agricultural Sciences (AISA) on Wednesday expressed fears over the West African country's food security situation.

One of the AISA officials Da Costa Kouassi asked the Cote d'Ivoire government to provide more budgetary allocation to the food production sector to guarantee its security.

He said experts will continue making their contribution by recommending ways to revive and improve the country's agriculture.

"There's need to create a think-tank that will be charged with the responsibility of coming up with strategies for production of important foodstuffs in the country," Kouassi added.

The food security warning came after years of political instability in the world's top cocoa producer, especially since the post-election violence which ended in April. The turmoil left 3,000 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

Traditionally, export of agricultural products constituted one of the main sources of revenue for Cote d'Ivoire. The agricultural sector employs 60 percent of the active population and represents about 35 percent of the country's GDP.

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