Highlights by day

Monday 04 December

Food & Nutrition Situation



The outlook is promising: the 2017-18 harvests in the Sahel and West Africa are projected to be average to good. Markets have been generally well stocked during the 2017 lean period. The food and nutrition situation has been improving with the arrival of the first cropping season and early harvests. It remains, however, critical in the Lake Chad basin, northern Mali and the Liptako-Gourma area due to the ongoing security crisis. Some 3.5 million children may experience severe malnutrition by the end of the year.

  • During Session 1, RPCA members will analyse the food and nutrition situation and take stock of the implementation of crisis response plans. Drawing on the debate, they will elaborate recommendations for policy makers. In order to make the analysis and data more accessible, the RPCA has developed an information-sharing platform, which will be presented during the meeting.
  • Session 2 will review priority activites of the Network, including the second external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management (PREGEC).

RPCA draft agenda

Climate Change Risk Management


Six West African countries are currently operating in the African Risk Capacity insurance pool. Participants will share their experiences using the ARC mechanism as an innovative natural disaster risk financing tool. The panel discussion will also explore how the Africa Risk View software and the Cadre harmonisé tools might complement each other.


  • Sharing experience on the ARC mechanism as a Disaster Risk Financing innovation, from the perspectives of participating West African countries.
  • Discussing complementarity between Africa RiskView and the Cadre harmonisé tools, as well as its benefits to ECOWAS member states.
  • Advocating for ECOWAS and UEMOA Member States, and the Commissions as well as other network members of the RPCA to leverage on the AU-developed Disaster Risk Financing mechanism.

Concept paper

Tuesday 05 December

Innovative & territorial approaches (FNS)


National analyses often mask pockets of poverty, hunger and malnutrition concentrated in specific geographic areas. Disparities across and within countries underline the need to develop innovative approaches that promote bottom-up and place-based interventions while empowering local actors. Similarly, local and spatial dynamics, specific to the region, call for a fresh perspective on the West African food system and opportunities for its development. Major transformations in the food economy must be harnessed to ensure job prospects for millions of young people.

Two panel discussions:

  • From theory to action - implementing a territorial approach: the debate will focus, in particular, on issues around capacity-building and empowering local actors in decision-making, notably, women and young people. The session aims to capitalise on the many on-going initiatives in the region.
  • Employment potential in the food economy: this panel will examine the profound changes in the domestic market and their impact on job creation in food value chains for millions of young people.

Wednesday 06 December

Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR)


The 5-year anniversary of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) offers a timely opportunity to seek renewed political engagement in AGIR. Ten countries have adopted and started implementing their national resilience priorities (NRP-AGIR) and are now well placed to capitalise on and share best practices. AGIR stakeholders will underscore the importance of staying focused on improving food security, nutrition and resilience, in a context when migratory, security and stability issues are taking precedence.

Sharing best practices on resilience

Seeds for Resilience & Regional Solidarity


Following the tragic events surrounding the Ebola epidemic that shook the region from 2013-15, CORAF, a regional institution that co-ordinates agricultural research, invested in rebuilding agricultural seed stocks to help thousands of affected farmers. In addition to evaluating this operation, participants will consider the region’s preparedness and its improved ability to cope with similar crises. CORAF and its partners continue their innovative research on drought-tolerant crop varieties in order to strengthen local communities’ resilience and promote climate-smart agriculture. The event will be an opportunity to share the lessons learned from CORAF’s work.

Thursday 07 December

Combatting malnutrition in Benin


The Government of Benin has been investing to decrease malnutrition in the country through multidimensional interventions for several years. The “school meal” programme contributes to both children’s nutrition and education as well as to food crop production. This government investment also highlights the role that local communities play in managing malnutrition.

Technical and financial partners


The region’s main technical and financial partners (TFPs) are meeting to discuss the varied ways they support agriculture, food security and nutrition in the region. Through this dialogue, they aim improve their co‑ordination so that interventions can be more effective.

Friday 08 December

CILSS Partners Committee Meeting


The 17th CILSS Partners Committee (CPC) annual meeting brings together CILSS and its partners to discuss their working relationship and identify current and future priorities. They will review progress made in implementing CILSS reforms.