NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 16, 1984
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(Studio) Reagan administration's approval of further famine relief aid to Ethiopia, alleging incrd. cooperation from Marxist government there, reported; details given.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Soc., economy problems underlying famine's devastation of Africa in general examined. [Hunger expert Lester BROWN - believes Africa is sliding into crisis unseen in recent times.] Extent of African famine illustrated on map; findings of meteorologists regarding expansion of Sahara Desert considered. [Meteorologist Doug. LeCOMTE - notes heavy rains in important growing areas.] Impact of antiquated farming methods of African agriculture explained. [World Bank spokesperson Ethiopian Aqlilu HAPTI - notes Ethiopia loses tons of soil annually.] [BROWN - claims Africa currently has fastest population growth of any continent in history.] African govts.' lack of attention to population growth or agriculture reforms cited. [HAPTI - predicts continent's future if changes don't occur.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager