INTRODUCTION: The ministers of agriculture and rural development of the five countries in the Conseil d' Entente have been meeting in Lome, the capital of Togo.
GV INTERIOR Togolese Minister of Economy Anani Gassou speaking at conference (2 shots)
SV Ivory Coast delegation
CU Upper Volta delegate
CU Delegate from Benin, PAN TO Niger and Togo delegates
SV M. Gassou speaking to delegates
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The ministers of agriculture and rural development of the five countries in the Conseil d' Entente have been meeting in Lome, the capital of Togo. Members of the mutual co-operation alliance -- Benin, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo -- are seeking ways of boosting agricultural production to the level of be coming self-sufficient on growing their own food.
SYNOPSIS: Togo's Ministers or Rural Development, and member of its Central Committee, Monsieur Anani Gassou, opened the session on Monday (9 February). Their talks focussed on recommendations they'd set out at a meeting in Lome last November.
They have charted a five-year programme, to supervised by the administrative secretary of the council's Mutual and Guaranteed Loans Fund. These include improvements in animal husbandry and growing crops, the training of local management, and continuing studies of investments projects.
Monsieur Gassou underlined their joint dilemma to the delegates: their economies depended on those of developed countries. For a long time, they'd had to accept this fact, which left them all in a precarious and vulnerable condition. But they must now use their wealth and resources to improve their people's lives.