Agropastoral outlook 2017-18

Praia, Cabo Verde, 29-30 June 2017

‌As part of the Food Crisis Prevention Network's (RPCA) regular monitoring cycle, experts of the Regional System for the Prevention and Management of Food Crises (PREGEC) reviewed the food and nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa. The meeting also served to launch the 2017-18 agricultural campaign, prepare the monitoring of the agro-pastoral season and review the agrometeorological and climatic forecast. Participants made a series of recommendations with respect to States, CILSS and partners. Download the Communiqué

KEY POINTS

  • Food and nutrition situation: despite good food supplies, nearly 13.8 million people in the region are food and nutrition insecure (phases 3 to 5). Due to civil unrest, the situation is particularly serious in northern Mali, northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad and the Liptako-Gourma region. Mobilised resources in support of these populations remain insufficient.
  • Monitoring of the rainy season: The 2017-18 agropastoral season has been marked by an early start to the season, except in some parts of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Torrential rains have already been recorded in some areas, notably in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Agrometeorological and climatic forecast: the current agropastoral season is expected to experience normal to excessive rainfall with the risk of many dry spells during the planting phase. Above-average levels of water are expected in most of the region’s river basins, particularly in the Senegal River and the Niger River valleys, where flooding is likely to occur.
  • Cadre harmonisé analysis: Capacity-building efforts must be pursued at country-level to facilitate data collection on agriculture, food security and nutrition in all 17 countries of the region. 

The next PREGEC meeting is scheduled for September 2017. It will provide a mid-term forecast of cereal production, which will serve as a basis for the development of action plans for at-risk areas.



Restricted RPCA meeting, Paris, 10-12 April 2017

RPCA Members reviewed the final results of the 2016-17 agro-pastoral campaign, analysed the food and nutrition situation and made some recommendations. The meeting also served as a framework to assess the progress of implementing the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), and to discuss the reforms needed to increase the Network’s impact on decision-making. Find out +



32nd RPCA annual meeting

Hosted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 12-14 December in Abuja, the 32nd RPCA annual meeting brought together the region’s key food and nutrition security stakeholders. Some 250 participants, including six West African ministers and many high-level representatives, participated in the event. It was the first time that a RPCA meeting took place in Nigeria, providing a timely opportunity for the Network to highlight the implementation of the Cadre harmonisé in Nigeria as one of its key achievements. There are now 16 out of 36 Nigerian states, almost half of the country, that use this tool to analyse and identify areas and populations at risk of food and nutrition insecurity. 


Resilience in Burkina Faso

This WARI magazine (TV5 Monde, July 2016) takes stock of progress made in the implementation of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) in Burkina Faso. The magazine illustrates that resilience building is nothing new and that many resilience projects are already being implemented on the ground. Strong political will was key to make quick progress in the implementation of AGIR. More than half of identified priority projects are already financed. Some partners explicitly aligned their country-specific programming with AGIR priorities, acknowledging the usefulness of the NRP document.

A Sahel-West Africa success story

The SWAC Secretariat, in collaboration with ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and with the financial support of the European Commission, produced a film dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). The objective is to raise awareness about the success of the Network, which for 30 years has been engaged in the fight against food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa. Placed under the political leadership of ECOWAS and UEMOA and drawing on the diversity of its Members, the Network is putting all their efforts together to achieve the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.Blog post


 

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