Food security has been at the core of the Club's founding mission. Drawing on a long experience with networking, policy-dialogue and consensus-building, SWAC work focuses on West Africa's “Zero Hunger” goal. The SWAC Secretariat co-manages the Food Crisis Prevention and Network (RPCA) and facilitates the building of synergy between West African leaders and key stakeholders. The consensual approach is a key principle of the RPCA network.

Building on a tradition of forward-looking and strategic analysis, the “West African Futures” two-year cycles are designed to promote non-conventional approaches which are not sufficiently taken into account in current policies. The SWAC Secretariat produces independent analysis that aims to enrich the debate and better inform decision-makers about future challenges and avenues for action. These cycles of analytical work draw on the Club's two core values: innovation and dialogue.


Strengthening the RPCA

The SWAC Secretariat is a key player that facilitates consultations, dialogue and analyses conducted within the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). It works towards strengthening the network's decision-making impact and increasing the visibility of its actions on the international stage. In 2014, the SWAC Secretariat co-ordinates the first external assessment of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management and participates in the Task Force of the Regional Food Reserve.

2013-14: The Sahara-Sahelian areas

The Sahara-Sahelian areas have regained global attention, due to the insecurity threatening these 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. It argues that these features, mobility and varying geographic scales should receive more attention in the development of short- and long-term security and development strategies. > Atlas | > Forum | > Pastoral livestock


Facilitating the Global Alliance for Resilience

The SWAC Secretariat plays a driving role by providing a common platform for dialogue, debate, lobbying and advocacy for the Alliance. It contributes to the inclusive dialogue workshops aimed at formulating national resilience priorities (NRP-AGIR).

2011-12: Settlement, market and food security

An analysis of spatial, economic and social consequences of settlement and market dynamics on food security provides policy makers and key stakeholders with a description of food security challenges that need to be addressed in regional policy and strategy design.


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The 2015–16 Programme of Work is predicated on two areas of work:

The first area, devoted to the regional governance of food and nutritional security, is permanent. It has been a paramount concern of the Club since its creation. 

The second area, which is a cycle of reflection on West African Futures, is recurrent as the theme of the reflection changes every two years.

Both areas of work are supported by a cross-cutting function dedicated to advocacy and communication.

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