Background | Objectives | Specific Topics | Results | Participants | Contacts & Documents
Created in response to the catastrophic drought crisis in the Sahel region in 1984, the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) offers an open forum for discussion and action around food security issues in West Africa. The network brings together West African policy makers and leading international agricultural experts from international organisations (WFP, FAO, WMO), specialised NGOs, producer groups and researchers. The co-ordination of the network is today mainly ensured by the CILSS and the SWAC.
The meeting’s objectives were to:
Review and exchange views on the food, nutritional and agricultural situation for the 2007/2008 campaign in West Africa
Take adequate measures for vulnerable populations in identified at-risk zones
Deepen debate on several specific topics linked to food security in the region
Information systems and food crisis prevention in West Africa and other African regions
Best practices and intervention mechanisms in food crisis situations, in particular the results of the evaluation and review of the Food Aid Charter
Food security and regulatory supply mechanisms through markets and agriculture and trade policies
With a view to Cape Verde’s graduation from the LDC category in January 2008, participants recommended to continue to support Cape Verde during this transition phase. Moreover, strengthening the capacities of at-risk populations must remain a priority. The implementation of national and regional policy recommendations, however, is often lengthy and should be more systematically monitored; follow-up activities also need to be included more regularly in the monitoring process; an institution or several institutions should be systematically assigned to facilitate the implementation of the proposed activities.
The recently launched RPCA website (www.food-security.net) is becoming increasingly popular with a worldwide audience. With a view to West African site visitors, a network of country-focal points could be set-up to further develop country-specific information. The Agricultural Information System (AGRIS) could also contribute to better harmonise information gathering mechanisms and data analysis at the national and regional levels. Funding conditions to ensure the sustainability of this information system still need to be clarified during a first Steering Committee meeting scheduled for 2008.
ECOWAS’ and UEMOA’s participation in discussions was greatly appreciated by all network members, underscoring the regional dimension of food security. Participants proposed presenting RPCA meeting outcomes to decision-making bodies within the CILSS, ECOWAS and UEMOA.
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