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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta r The LetKbrtdge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, July Pages 33-40 Cattle-only food remaining Ploughing the parched desert Senegal River has dried up Looking For Real Carpet Value? Jordans INSTALLED BROADLOOM SALE "Three" Fashion Leader Carpets made exclusively for Jordans by Burlington Now For Two Weeks Only Completely Installed at These Low, Low Prices. 1. "Fashion Leader" Carpet (T.M.) 2. Luxurious rubber cushion One price 1 3. Installation-by skilled includes: Installed 'Tweed Royale" SO. YD. Gracefully flowing, richly sculptured in Hordy nylon, tweed 10 sbodei rubber onhivn "Bold Venture" SALE SO. YD.____ Extremely hard wearing, closely woven, mult? colour patterns in two-level loop pile. A beautiful orroy of 12 new- est shades. with rubber "Windward" SALE SO. YD. Jordans fop seller low level multicolor twist- ed heat set .nylon. Gorgeous colour selection 17 in oil. Open till 9 p.m. Thurs. Night. UM Jordan's Convenient Budget Mans No Oewn Payment WE HAVE CARPETS FOR EVERYONE! Jordans Out of town 327.1103 collect for DOWNTOWN AT 315 6th ffiwr Famine UN food experts are ringing warning bells: people are starving in sub- Saharan Africa and in India. But the warnings echo beyond these two areas. Severe food shortages are forecast for the entire planet within a year if Ameri- can and Canadian grain crops falter this summer. By David Willey, of The Christian Science Monitor ROME, Italy This year's drought and famine in sub- Saharan Africa and in India have given timeliness to the alarm bells being rung here by the world's top food experts. At the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) which has its headquarters in Rome there, are private forecasts 'by men who ought to know that the en- tire world is in for severe food shortage. Even the PAO's dir- ector general of the United Na- tions agency, Adeke Boerma of the Netherlands, who is not given to alarmist statements, has this month been using such phrases as "dis- and "precarious" to describe the situation. Speaking before the govern- ing council of FAO, Dr. Boer- ma said that there will be insuf- ficient wheat and rice avail- able to meet world demand during the next season and that if there is a further serious deterioration in crop conditions in North America or the Far East there could well be a worldwide grain shortage. Critical "The .period from now until the end of September is the cri- tical one, during which we shall be living in an atmos- phere of troubled uncertainty assuming that uncertainty is not cut short by sudden disas- Dr. Boerma said. Prospects for the American and Canadian wheat crop .are uncertain and gram stocks, now at their lowest level for 20 years, will be drawn down still further. Meanwhile the world's population has grown by 50 per cent in 20- years and areas stricken by famine will be unable to call on the sur- pluses which used to be held' in North America. They simply do not exist any longer. Rice export supplies are going to be about 2 millions tons short of requirements. A marginal failure 'of a crop in a major area would lead' to a world food crisis, while a marginal improvement in output is not going to relieve the situation. That is the measure of the gravity of the present crisis, according to Dr. Boerma. In six west African countries south of the Sahara, starvation is already taking is toll. Five successive years of drough have brought some 30 million Afri- cans living on one of the poor- est regions of the world to the brink of disaster. Millions of head of cattle, the region's only natural wealth, have perished from hunger and thirst There have been vast inter- nal movements of population in search of fresh pastures and some six. million people are ac- tually threatened with famine. An emergency airlift has been organized by the FAO to try to get new seed to the disaster area for planting for next sea- son's crops but most of the seed has already been eaten by The food situation in India has also been causing some concern after scattered reports of minor famine. The Indian government is unduly sensitive to famine scares since Prime Minister Indira Gandhi won her reputa- tion for making India self-suffi- cient in food grains. There were optimistic reports earlier in the year of a good Indian wheat crop but the latest unof- ficial estimates put produc- tion several million tons below the earlier estimate of 30 mil- lion tons. Doubtful Although production of wheat in India bis increased enor- mously over tiie past 10 years, this has.-hot been the case with rice. The hew high yielding Continued oh Page 37 Herdsman with his family An international appeal for funds has resulted hi the dona- tion of some million w cash and supplies. Now the problem is to move the food which has already been shipped to west African ports into toe landlock- ed interior where seasonal rains make ordinary road transport virtaaBy impossible for the next few months. Tne president of Upper Volta, Sangoule Lamizana, whose country is one of those worst hit by the drought, addressed the council meeting of FAO in Rome and told delgates including for the first time re- s from Peking his countrymen had been zing mud to extract a few of water for drinking and bow the only privileged ones were JKTW fbe vultures, grown fat on the carcasses of cattie. WHILE QUANTITIES LAST! OPEN DAILY 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 9 A.M. TO 9 P.M. ;