25th Food Crisis Prevention Network Meeting



Bamako (Mali), 8-11 December 2009

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) focused on “Markets, Local Product, Processing and Food Security”. Following an exchange of views on the agricultural, food and nutritional situation of the agricultural campaign 2009/2010, network members drafted policy recommendations for decision-makers to better prevent and manage food crises. > Final communiqué


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Since its creation in 1984, the Food Crisis Prevention Network in the Sahel and West Africa (RPCA) is a unique forum for discussion and exchange on food security issues, facilitating decision-making to better prevent and manage possible food crises. It brings together West Africa’s main food security actors. As an open and informal forum, it analyses the food situation of the region, improves information-sharing among key stakeholders and promotes concerted and consistent actions. The network’s activities consist of biannual meetings, thematic analyses, policy notes for decision-makers, a monthly food security information note and a dedicated website ( The RPCA is managed by the Secretariats of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) and the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS).



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  • Take stock on the agricultural, food and nutritional situation to identify measures which could help ensure food security for the most vulnerable populations
  • Analyse and develop recommendations to improve and strengthen the regional market for agricultural and food products.


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 8 December 2009  



  • Words of welcome by the Malian authorities
  • Prof. Alhousseini Bretaudeau, CILSS Executive Secretary
  • President of the Committee of CILSS Partners (France)
  • Mr. François-Xavier de Donnea, SWAC/OECD President
  • Mr. Brahim Ould M’Bareck Ould Mohamed El Moctar, Minister in charge of CILSS Co-ordination
  • Mr. Soumaïla Cissé, President of the UEMOA Commission
  • Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the ECOWAS Comission
  • H.E. Amadou Toumani Touré, President of the Republic of Mali, official opening
  • Presentation of the network’s achievements to authorities
  • Visit of exhibitions/stands by officials and invitees

   Agricultural, food and nutritional situation

  • Analysis/assessment of the 2009/2010 agricultural campaign, by Ms. Maty Ba Diao, Head of the Information Research Department, CILSS/AGRHYMET
  • Major trends and prospects of the cereal marketm by Mr. Salif Sow, Regional Representative, FEWS NET, by Mr. Moussa Cissé, Regional Programme Co-ordinator, Market Access, CILSS/SE
  • Evolution of the international situation (production and market) and impact on food security in West Africa, by Mr. Jean Senahoun, FAO
  • Vulnerable populations and at-risk zones: recommendations and envisaged actions, by Mr. Amadou Konaté, PREGEC (CILSS/SE)
 9 December 2009  


   Commercial pressures on land in West Africa

   Reconciling development and investment policies

RPCA members are invited to join the SWAC’s Strategy and Policy Group meeting, which will provide an opportunity for West Africa and its partners to outline a road map for the implementation of a West African strategy to deal with commercial pressure on land.


 10 December 2009  


   Markets, local food processing and food security

   Panel 1: Market regulation instruments: managing supply and demand

  • Market regulation through supply management, by Mr. André Beaudouin, UPA-DI Secretary-General
  • State measures to deal with soaring prices, by Mr. Brahima Sidibé, Resource Person, SWAC/OECD
  • The implementation of ECOWAP and national/regional market regulation instruments for food products, by Dr. Yamar Mbodj, Advisor, ECOWAS/AEWR
  • What tools need to be developed to deal with food price instability?, by Mr. Bruno Vindel, AFD Strategy Division

   Panel 2: The regional market and cross-border flows

  • Preventing food crisis in the Sahel: regional indicators of prices and markets, by Ms. Catherine Araujo-Bonjean, CERDI
  • Strategies developed by various actors of the regional market to deal with the high cost of living, byMr. Moussa Cissé, CILSS/SE

   Panel 3: Local product processing and strengthening food security

  • Obstacles and achievements in agro-food processing: lessons learned in Burkina Faso, by Ms. Simone Zoundi, Federation of Agro-food Industries and Processing of Burkina Faso (FIAB)
  • Agro-food processing and stimulation of the regional food product market, by Mr. Mohamed Haidara, Co-ordinator AMASA/Afrique Verte

   Preparation of the RPCA Final Communiqué


   Press conference


 11 December 2009  


Validation of the Final Communiqué and exchange of views on the next RPCA meeting in 2010


Official closing

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The RPCA brings together West Africa’s main food security actors, including representatives from development co-operation agencies of OECD member countries (in particular Austria, Canada, France, Italy, the United States and the European Commission), West African states, regional organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS), international organisations (ECHO, FAO, OMM, SWAC/OECD, UNICEF, UNOCHA, WFP, etc.), early warning programmes and information systems (FEWS NET), farmers' and agricultural producers' organisations (ROPPA), specialised NGOs (Afrique Verte, FICR, Oxfam, Save the Children, etc.) and other civil society actors.



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