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Welcome address by Ambassador Chris Kpodo, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana


Statement by Mr. Abdoulaye Combari, (French), Minister in charge of agriculture, Burkina Faso


Statement by Mr. François-Xavier de Donnea (French), SWAC President



Statement by parlamentarians 


Food reserve initiatives and lessons learnt from the past 30 years in West Africa (French), by Issa Tankari, National Food Products Board of Niger (OPVN)


Challenges and options for the establishment of regional food stocks (French), by Issa Tankari, National Food Products Board of Niger (OPVN)



What's the state of RESOGEST today? (French), by El Hadj Dramane Coulibaly, Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)




Analysis of the experience of the Emergency Rice Reserve in Asia, by Ms. Maria Elena V. Rebagay, Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA) and Ms. Victoria Serrato, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)


Regional food stock mechanism in Southern Africa, by Mr. Fungayi Simbi, Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)


Co-operation between public authorities and the World Food Programme (WFP) via the response network for emergencies in Latin America & the Caribbean, by Mr. Martin Walsh, UN Humanitarian Response Depot - Ghana

Evolution of commercial mechanisms for trade in cereals (French), by
André D. Beaudoin, Secretary-general, UPA Développement international




ROPPA viewoint: preconditions and aim (French), by Cissokho, ROPPA


Background documents

All background documents are included in the Forum guide.



Facilitated by the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the RESOGEST initiative has brought together since 2007 the countries of West Africa and the Sahel to build a network of the bodies responsible for management of national food security stocks. If the tasks assigned to RESOGEST have won the support of states and regional organisations involved in the process, other components of its implementation, such as the nature, mode, tools, institutional arrangements and funding, are still at a proposal stage.


Emergency food stocks in West Africa 

Since independence, most West African and Sahelian states have developed a system of national food stocks. These reserves have had some successes and some limitations, from which it is useful to draw lessons. Regionally, the recent RESOGEST initiative is a approach of co-operation and solidarity between governments in the region for better management of food crises. The initiative is still developing and its operationalisation requires in-depth analysis of critical issues, including those relating to institutional and legal arrangements, as well as the operational rules of regional solidarity.

The ASEAN+3 Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR)

Since 1979, several models of regional rice stocks have demonstrated the willingness of ASEAN countries to jointly deal with emergencies. The latest initiative, APTERR, formalized within ASEAN in 2010 and expanded to include China, South Korea and Japan, aims to improve food security and price stability in the region. APTERR is based on the principle of voluntary contribution by member countries to both types of reserves: an “allocated” stock for which a certain quantity of rice is reserved in national stock for a specific need, and another “stored” in kind or in the form of funds.


Latin America & Carribean Emergency Response (LACERN)

The result of co-operation between the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean and the World Food Programme, the LACERN network, established in 2005, has the logistical capacity of both storage and delivery of food rations and emergency equipment, as well as warning systems. Specifically, three regional stocks supplied by the host states (Ecuador, Barbados and El Salvador) allow pre-positioning of high-energy biscuits for countries affected by disasters. Each depot operates on the basis of an initial stock of 150 tons of biscuits, systematically and immediately refilled after each distribution.


SADC Regional Food Reserve Facility

The relevance of a regional food stock in the SADC countries, which nonetheless remains a project not yet operationalized to date, emerged in 2001. The objective is to stabilize the supply and prices of grain for both producers and consumers. Current proposals for the implementation of this regional mechanism are based on the establishment of a physical stock, a financial instrument, and an insurance against risks in support of farmers.



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