Mauritania’s farmers struggle to pull out of debt trap

DAKAR, 21 January 2013 (IRIN) – Rains were decent across much of Mauritania in 2012 leading to hopes of a reasonable harvest. However, even in a good year farmers can produce a maximum five-month cereal supply – most small farmers produce much less – and most face 2013 with accumulated debts from previous years following decades of cyclical crises.