PREGEC technical meeting, Bamako, 22-23 June 2015

 

As the lean season approaches, regional experts are urging West African countries and their development partners to take steps to strengthen in-country capacity to establish early warning systems and response plans for potential food crises in all West African countries. The recommendation comes following the technical meeting of the Regional System for the Prevention and Management of Food Crises (PREGEC), held from 22 to 23 June in Bamako.

Participants noted that, with some exceptions, markets in the region are generally well supplied, with grain supplies reinforced by carry-over from stockpiles in the Central commercial basin and cross-border flows. The exceptions include conflict areas in northern Mali, northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin. Prices for staple goods remain at or near the average prices over the past five years. With regard to the livestock sector, the experts said there is cause for concern due to the late arrival of the rainy season and the depletion of pastures in some parts of the Sahel.

The experts warned that despite the good harvests approximately 7.5 million people will face food and nutrition crises between June and August, including 4.5 million in the Sahel region. In addition, some 2,8 million refugees, returnees and internally displayed persons (IDPs) put further stress on the already fragile food situation in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria. National response plans have been developed in these countries as well as in Senegal, but governments lack the financial resources to ensure efficient implementation. Within the framework of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), the PREGEC system brings together regional food security experts for regular consultations to monitor and analyse the food and nutrition situation in the region.

Map - food and nutrition situation June-August 2015

The June update of the Cadre harmonisé (CH - Harmonised Framework) analysis of vulnerability concludes that approximately 7.5 million people will face food and nutrition crises between June and August. This map shows elevated vulnerability in areas facing security crises (northern Mali and the Lake Chad Basin) and areas hosting large numbers of refugees and displaced persons (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). Areas near centre of the Ebola outbreak (Liberia and Sierra Leone) also register higher risk of food insecurity and malnutrition.

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