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Mali is cut off by its neighbors. What will blocking the borders do?

Date Published: 
04/03/2012
Summary: 

A coalition of West African nations is closing off the borders of Mali to protest a recent military coup that ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure. How could that affect the landlocked country? (..) Mali imports roughly a fifth of its rice, said William Moseley, a visiting scholar at the University of Botswana. (..) Food prices have already risen in Mali as irregular and limited rainfall has cut grain production in the country by 41%, according to the World Food Program.