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Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS)

The Economic and Social Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (originally reviewed in the October 25, 1996 Scout Report), an internationally recognized source for information on the world food situation, has expanded its GIEWS site. The site continues to feature the FAO's important bimonthlies, Food Outlook and Foodcrops and Shortages, but has also added a number of resources that focus on the food situation in Africa. These include Food supply situation and crop prospects in sub-Saharan Africa, a quarterly assessment of the current food supply situation in that region; monthly reports during the growing season on the drought-prone Sahel region; and frequently updated Special Reports on food shortages around the world. The site now also hosts three databases: on Western and Central Africa (in French only), Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa. Data is available for all countries in each area and includes maps, satellite images, climatic profiles, crop zones, population data, various statistics, and background information. Visitors may also subscribe to any of GIEWS three mailing lists: one forwards the text of Special Reports, another sends users the monthly report on the Sahel, and a third consists of alerts on new publications at the site. The reports are available in French and Spanish, as well.
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February 12th, 1999
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April 7th, 2003 at 12:39pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 12:39pm
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