RPCA SESSION 1
Drawing on the forecast results compiled at the PREGEC meeting in Cotonou (21-24 November), the Network Members will take stock of the agro-sylvo-pastoral campaign for 2016-17. They will analyse production, markets for agricultural products, and the food and nutrition situation in order to agree on measures to be taken to address any potential crisis. The session will also review the reponses to food and nutrition crises in 2016 as well as the lessons learned. Drawing on the consensual analysis, the Network will issue a joint communiqué on the food and nutrition situation in the region, including recommendations for decision makers and development partners.The agricultural forecast is overall good; cereal production is estimated at 66 million tonnes and roots and tubers production at 168 million tonnes, both representing an increase of 15% compared to the five-year average. These good prospects are explained by successful preparations before the season started (including seed supply, fertilizers, pesticides and agricultural equipment), good rainfall and favorable hydrological conditions for off-season crops. However, these positive prospects should not lead authorities to ignore the region’s persistent food security difficulties, especially in conflict zones such as the Lake Chad area.
More information on the 32nd session of the RPCA
Full RPCA agenda
Summary of conclusions
Final communiqué: Food & Nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa
PREGEC Communiqué, September 2016
Maps & Facts: "Food issues: Demographic, urban, migration and security challenges"