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This front matter section of the book Africa Yearbook Volume 5: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2008 contains preface, list of abbreviations and factual overview. With Africa's urban population estimated to reach 367 m in 2010 and a dependence on food imports greater than on any other continent, sub-Saharan Africa was seriously affected. West Africa was the scene of a series of coups and coup attempts, while terrorist and counter-terrorist activities were concentrated in the Horn sub-region and the Sahara. Pirate activities increased along the shores of Somalia, but also in the Gulf of Guinea. Droughts and floods as natural-or often man-made-phenomena remained among the main contributing factors to hunger and displacement. Cyclones hit Madagascar in February and Mozambique in March. Early and extensive rains in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa once again proved more of a threat than a blessing.

Keywords: Africa's urban population; cyclones; droughts; floods; Guinea; sub-Saharan Africa



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