PREGEC meeting, Praia, 29-30 June 2017

 

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. 

 

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