African Geography for Schools: A Handbook for Teachers by Brouillette, B., Ed.; And Others

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Reservoirs are required for towns,and flood control devices for increasing the acreage under rice,the dominant food on this coast. Until 1963 Freetown suffered from an acute shortage of water in every dry season,and so there were severe health problems. There is also a small hydro-electricpower station five k m from the dam,which contributes to Freetown’s electrical supply? Many problems were encountered during the construction of the dam,particularly difficulties of access in a very mountainous environment,and the need to excavate deeply to a firm bed,as the rock was very decomposed.

The Economic Commission for Africa has done its best to investigate the prospects and draw up the guide linesfor an international iron and steel works for the whole of West Africa. But first Nigeria, then Ghana, and finally Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania announced their own aims and projects, and the joint proposal virtually collapsed. Suggestions have also been made for one or two joint phosphate works in Senegal and/orTogo,but on the one hand the operating companies are tied to processing plants outsideWest Africaand,in any case,no otherWest African states have shown much interest.

There are no modern or well-developed states that do not have efficient agricultural systems. S o m e general problems of development Differing problems of the dry zone, monsoon, and Guinea coastlands Nature is a powerful adversary in West Africa, and the previous pages have indicated some of the problems caused by the natural conditions. Every effort should be made to find 26 and exploit economically-significantmineral resources. Mauritania’s iron ore (see later) has enabled her to become a viable state;the same may happen with Niger’s uranium from Air.

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