Restricted Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), Paris, 13-15 April 2016

 

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Some 150 participants attended the Restricted Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) on 13-15 April 2016. It brought together representatives of Sahelian and West African governments, intergovernmental organisations, agricultural producers, civil society and private sector organisations, technical and financial partners, regional and international banks and NGOs. They validated the final results of the 2015-16 agro-pastoral campaign and made recommendations on how to protect the most vulnerable populations.

OECD Deputy Secretary-General formally opened the event on 14 April 2016 and welcomed a delegation of West African high-level representatives during a courtesy visit. The RPCA also hosted a session of the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR) that took stock of progress made in defining National Resilience Priorities (NRP) process. Focal points in charge of the resilience pillars of Sahel strategies participated in the debate. A restricted group of RPCA Members already gathered on 13 April 2016 to examine further ways of strengthening the visibility, effectiveness and impact of the Network.

Food and nutrition situation


‌The results of the 2015-16 agricultural campaign exceed last November’s projections: according to estimates made at the most recent regional consultation meeting on the food and nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa held in Accra from 29-31 March 2016, cereal production is estimated at 64.4 million tonnes. This result represents increases of 5% and 13% respectively compared to last year (2014-15) and to the last five-year (2010-14) average.

Key messages 

  • Mitigation measures put in place since December have benefitted some 1.2 million vulnerable people who were previously suffering from food insecurity.
  • Some 6.7 million people are currently affected by food and nutrition insecurity, including nearly 4.2 million people who are displaced due to civil insecurity.
  • The risk of food and nutrition insecurity is particularly high in the areas around the Lake Chad Basin, which are recording not only poor levels of agricultural production but also strong market disruption due to the security crisis.
  • The nutrition situation remains a major concern, in particular in some areas of Sahelian countries and in Nigeria. Approximately 5.9 million West African children under the age of five may suffer from global acute malnutrition in 2016 including 1.9 million from its most severe form, if adequate measures are not taken. This is very much a structural problem that emphasises the need to address the root causes of food insecurity and which confirms the relevance of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR).

The regional analysis has been conducted within the framework of the regional Food Crisis Prevention and Management (PREGEC) mechanism of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). The restricted RPCA meeting will draw on this analysis to formulate recommendations for policy makers. 

Press release on the food and nutrition situation

Recommendations

The Network has made the following recommendations:

  • Accelerate the implementation of emergency livestock programmes in order to prevent a crisis in Chad and Niger
  • Strengthen the monitoring, prevention and treatment of malnutrition, with a particular focus on structural causes
  • Implement permanent monitoring of the regional market to detect early signs of malfunction.

Moreover, considering the negative long-term impact of civil insecurity on the food security of populations living in the Lake Chad Basin and other conflict areas, the Network recommends to States, regional organisations and its partners to implement integrated resilience-strengthening programmes for concerned populations.

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Strengthening the visibility, effectiveness and impact of the Network

A restricted committee of RPCA Members assessed progress made since 2006 in strengthening and invigorating the Network. Having taken stock of the fulfilment of earlier commitments, the committee analysed several tools that are enhancing the Network’s visibility and its contribution to decision-making. These include the following tools:

  • Mechanism for monitoring and evaluating responses to food and nutrition crises
  • Mapping of food security and resilience interventions
  • Consensual analytical notes on the food situation

Committee members agreed to continue their efforts to make the  Network more dynamic. They also recommended to accelerate the implementation of recommendations from the first external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management, conducted in 2015, and agreed to start preparing the second evaluation for 2017.

Presentations

  • Intermediary activity report on reinforcing the RPCA, by Sibiri Jean Zoundi, SWAC Secretariat (French)
  • Inputs for a RPCA communication strategy, by Julia Wanjiru, SWAC Secretariat (French)

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