Mali: Food Situation Looks Positive Despite Insecurity

July 15, 2008

"But the country has not been entirely insulated from global food price rises, particularly when it comes to rice. Mali produces on average half of its total annual rice consumption, importing the rest mostly from Asia. 'We have seen some rises in the price of local rice,' said Christian Bren from the non-governmental organisation Action Contre la Faim in Gao, 'but Mali has better managed the high prices than the other countries.'"