The SWAC Secretariat's 2015–16 Programme of Work is predicated on two areas of work

  • Regional governance of food and nutrition security focusing on West Africa's "Zero Hunger" goal, notably within the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR); and
  • West African Perspectives, a two-year cycle producing independent and factual analyses to enrich the debate and inform decision-makers about future challenges. It currently focuses on cross-border co-operation. 

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

Food & nutrition security

Strengthening the RPCA

We strengthen the impact of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) on regional decision-making bodies and increase its international visibility. Together with CILSS, we organise the two RPCA statutory meetings and ensure the smooth running of the Network. In 2015-16, we co-ordinate the first external assessment of the Charter; we facilitate the establishment of a permanent monitoring and evaluation system of preventive actions and crisis response; and we participate in the Task Force of the Regional Food Security Reserve.

Supporting AGIR - Resilience

We facilitate dialogue and advocacy for the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) - Sahel and West Africa and help implement its Regional Roadmap. We notably support the process of formulating national resilience priorities and facilitate a consensual approach for resilience impact assessment.

Understanding Food System Policies

We conduct analyses on the regional food economy and highlight policy implications to help develop and adjust food and nutrition policies and instruments. Rapid urbanisation, population growth and transformations in food demand have had major impacts on the size and structure of the West African food economy. What are the imperatives and opportunities for adjusting policy to benefit from emerging opportunities and to ensure sufficient, safe and nutritious food for its people? 

West African Perspectives

2015-16: Cross-border co-operation

The 2015-16 thematic cycle analyses major challenges and opportunities of cross-border co-operation in West Africa using a relational approach based on cartography and policy network analysis. Three key questions are addressed: 1) What is the relevant scale of activity for cross-border co-operation?; 2) How do cross-border policy networks work?; and 3) How can a network approach applied to cross-border co-operation help decision-making?

2013-14: Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel

The Atlas addresses the security challenges in the Sahara-Sahel areas through the mobility characteristic of its territories, populations and the socio-economic networks that connect them. It offers an integrated and regional analysis of these areas shared by eight countries (Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia). Its analysis contributes to policy dialogue on the strategies for the Sahel. Three activities were part of the cycle: Atlas | Forum | Pastoral livestock

2011-12: Settlement, market and food security

The study highlights the main features of settlement (from 1950 to 2050), agriculture and food security. It provides an analytical framework and tools with which policies can be refined to better anticipate the coming changes. A Statistical Mapping and Regional Analysis Tool (SMART) allows users to generate customised maps and charts using population indicators for all West African countries and for the region. Updated settlement data is available within Africapolis.