A closer look at the UNOCHA situation report maps reveals that the outbreak is concentrated in the cross-border areas of three Mano River Union countries; half of all victims are Liberians. Ebola does not stop at the border - the response must therefore take into account the regional dimension. > 10 facts about Ebola
The next meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) will be hosted by the European Commission on 17-18 December 2014. It is being held in a regional context marked by the outbreak of Ebola. Within the Network, a study has been launched to assess the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the regional market for agricultural products and on food and nutritional security. Initial findings will be presented at this meeting.
Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo have initiated inclusive dialogues aimed at identifying national resilience priorities, - within AGIR. The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia have recently joined this first group.
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 is currently preparing the launch of the Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel which addresses security challenges in Sahara-Sahel areas resulting from the mobility characteristic of its territories and populations, as well as the socio-economic networks that connect them. The Atlas will be officially launched on 19 December 2014 in Brussels.
The 2013-14 West African Futures (WAF) programme focuses on the Sahara-Sahelian areas. The SWAC analysis highlights that mobility and fluidity have characterised the social and economic environment of the Sahara-Sahel over centuries. It also shows how actors, networks and challenges need to be considered from several geographic scales: from local, to cross-border and regional. Three activities are part of the reflection process: