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E‌bola does not stop at the border, Article by Julia Wanjiru, Communciations Co-ordinator, SWAC Secretariat, September 2014 

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. There is no operational health system in place in these rural areas traversing three countries. The origin of the Ebola outbreak makes it fundamentally a cross-border concern. Nevertheless, the calls for help and the responses primarily take a country-by-country approach. Ebola does not stop at the border - the response must therefore take into account the regional dimension.


"Family farms play a central role in food security", Interview with Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Principal Administrator, SWAC Secretariat, May 2014


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CILSS Executive Secretary Djimé Adoum, invitee at RFI broadcast "Eco d'Ici, Eco d'ailleurs", April 2014

Ending hunger: the West African example (French - RFI), April 2014


Sahel: the search for security, by Anna Pietikainen, SWAC Counselor/Office Administrator, October 2013

Insecurity and conflict hinder human, and economic development. The Saharo-Sahelian region today presents some of the most daunting global security threats, which seriously undermine the stability and development of the region. The 2012-2013 crisis in northern Mali, though centred in one nation, epitomises the wider, cross-border dimension of these challenges. Here we point to some of the available policy responses towards their resolution.


Agriculture and food production: Africans faced with controversial choices of agricultural modelsby Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Principal Administrator, SWAC Secretariat, October 2012

Should we prioritize agricultural producers or consumers? Should agricultural policies support family farming or agribusinesses? The opinion of policy makers on the one hand, and organisations of agricultural producers that actively promote family farming on the other, is often differing. The article addresses this debate by analysing the approaches based on the endogenous development  and the transformation of family farms. More particularly, it raises challenging questions for policy makers on the pitfalls associated with choosing agricultural models> read the article (French only)


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