At the invitation of the European Union, SWAC is participating in Expo Milano to raise public awareness of the Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” from the perspective of West Africa and its key players. What does the Milan Charter and its emphasis on equitable access to food for all mean for West Africa? What is the current status of women’s empowerment in the region and how can it help to improve food security and resilience? How can climate-smart agriculture work for the poorest populations? We want to learn from your experiences and invite you to share your thoughts on our website and blog.
At the occasion of World Food Day, the SWAC Secretariat, in collaboration with ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS, is launching a film dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). Placed under the political leadership of ECOWAS and UEMOA and drawing on the diversity of its Members, the Network is putting all their efforts together to achieve the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. The film will also be presented during the RPCA Special Session held on 29 October within the Sahel and West Africa Week 2015 at Expo Milano.
Market, food security & structural changes
The West African food economy is changing: restructuring of agricultural markets; reconfiguration of cross-border trade; development of agro-food chains; changes in consumer behaviour. How to design policies that support agricultural production and encourage the emergence of new activities in the context of strong population growth & evolving markets? find out +
Food security has been at the core of the Club's founding mission. Current focus areas include facilitating work of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA):
The SWAC Secretariat's 2015-16 strategic reflection cycle analyses major challenges and opportunities of cross-border co-operation. A mapping study is currently being conducted to analyse the potential of cross-border areas in West Africa. In parallel, three field studies focus on the areas of the Liptako-Gourma Authority, the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS) and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC). find out + | blog on social network analysis
The 2013-14 West African Perspectives (WAP) programme focused on the Sahara-Sahelian areas. The Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel addresses the security challenges through the mobility characteristic of its territories, populations and the socio-economic networks that connect them. Its analysis contributes to policy dialogue on the strategies for the Sahel.
Two major geopolitical threats hovered over West Africa in the first part of 2015: the potential failure of the presidential election in Nigeria, on the one hand, and that of the peace negotiations in Mali on the other. Today a sense of relief prevails, but it is accompanied by apprehension.