31st RPCA Annual Meeting, Dakar, Senegal, 14-15 December 2015

 

Hosted by the Government of Senegal, the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) gathered some 200 food security and nutrition experts from the region at its 31st annual meeting in Dakar. The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the agro-sylvo-pastoral campaign, analyse the food and nutrition situation and make recommendations to address any crises. The meeting also provided a platform for sharing the main recommendations from the first external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management (PREGEC Charter) and to take stock of the lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic and the steps taken to limit the impact on food security and resilience among the most vulnerable populations. Agricultural ministers from Chad, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone participated in the event as well as high-level officials from the region’s technical and financial partners and civil society representatives. The Conference was opened by Senegalese Minister of Justice, H. E. Mr Sidiki Kaba. > summary of conclusions

31e Réunion annuelle du RPCA

 

 

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Food and Nutrition Situation

In terms of food and nutrition vulnerability, the Cadre harmonisé analysis reveals that some 7.9 million people in the 17 Sahel and West African countries were in a crisis situation during the period from October to December 2015, including 5.2 million in northern Nigeria due to the security situation in that area. If strong action is not taken, the food and nutrition crisis could impact, by June-August 2016, some 10.5 million people in the region. This situation can be explained by livelihood losses experienced by vulnerable populations, the depletion of their stocks, local increases in the price of food and deterioration in the terms governing the trade in livestock/grain for pastoralists as a result of significant decreases in livestock prices. In addition, there were thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons due to the security situation in the Lake Chad area, the Central African Republic and Sudan. Particular attention should be paid to the consequences of this security situation. With regard to this situation, the participants recommended to i)  strengthen malnutrition monitoring and treatment, as well as to develop structural solutions to the root causes of this problem; ii) support off-season staple food production in deficit areas and countries; iii) implement national response plans to protect food and nutrition insecure populations, in particular in Chad which recorded a food deficit of 12% on top of the security situation in the Lake Chad area; iv) facilitate cross-border transhumance and regional trade of food products; and v) strengthen humanitarian and food assistance measures to refugees and internally displaced populations in response to security crises, especially in the Lake Chad area. 

> Communiqué on the Food and nutrition situation (French)

 

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First assessment of the PREGEC Charter

The main conclusions and recommendations of the first external evaluation of the PREGEC Charter were reviewed by the stakeholders, governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and private sector organisations, as well as technical and financial partners. Participants urged all stakeholders to respect the terms of the Charter, to implement a communications plan to improve knowledge about the Charter, and to fully implement the evaluation’s recommendations. They notably recommended further accelerating the institutionalisation of the Charter’s monitoring and evaluation mechanisms at country- and regional level.

Key messages:

There is an urgent need to:

  • Strengthen the regional governance of food and nutrition security under the leadership of States and their regional organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS) by avoiding multiple frameworks and decision-making centres, and by fully adhering to the RPCA and its consensus-building platform; 
  • Ensure the political, technical and financial commitment of States to implement sustainable and effective information systems to be valued as national and regional public assets. In this regard the Network urges ECOWAS to accelerate the institutionalisation process of the Cadre harmonisé so that it becomes a community tool; and
  • Strengthen the coherence and co-ordination of sector-based policies that contribute to food and nutrition security.

> summary of recommendations (French)

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Participants

Some 200 participants attended the 31st Annual Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) on 14 and 15 December  2015. Participants included representatives of West African and Sahelian governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and private sector organisations, technical and financial partners as well as regional and international banks. 

31e Réunion annuelle du RPCA

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