Senegal, one of the world’s top food importers per capita, has offered foreign entrepreneurs tax breaks to grow food there as its poor struggle to cope with high world prices. Senegal has been hit by unrest in recent months over high food prices driven by unpredictable weather patterns, market speculation and demand for land and crops from the biofuels industry and Asian states. Last month President Abdoulaye Wade launched the Great Agricultural Offensive for Food and Abundance (GOANA) aimed at making Senegal self-sufficient in food by 2015, notably by irrigating and cultivating unused land near the Senegal River and ramping up production of rice. (Reuters)

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