The annual meeting allows stakeholders to define the strategic orientations of the Network’s priority work areas, and to strengthen the co-ordination and synergy of on-going actions. The meeting ususally takes place every month of November/December and is jointly organised by the Executive Secretariat of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS
) and the Secretariat of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD
) under the patronage of ECOWAS and UEMOA. This event also offers an occasion to assess the preliminary prospects of the current agro-pastoral campaign and to analyse the food and nutritional situation, in order to convene in advance on the necessary measures to prevent possible crisis situations.
The restricted meeting in April offers a valuable opportunity for dialogue between the region’s leaders and the international community on food security issues, as well as the necessary political and financial responses. Organised by the SWAC Secretariat, it takes place at the OECD headquarters in Paris.