The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) is an international platform for policy dialogue and analysis devoted to regional issues in West Africa. Its mission is to enhance the effectiveness of regional policies and partner support. find out +

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‌‌SWAC at Expo Milano 2015

At the invitation of the European Union, SWAC will participate at Expo Milano to raise public awareness of the Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” from the perspective of West Africa and its key players. What does the Milan Charter and its emphasis on equitable access to food for all mean for West Africa? What is the current status of women’s empowerment in the region and how can it help to improve food security and resilience? How can climate-smart agriculture work for the poorest populations? We want to learn from your experiences and invite you to share your thoughts on our website and blog


Market, food security & structural changes

The West African food economy is changing: restructuring of agricultural markets; reconfiguration of cross-border trade; development of agro-food chains; changes in consumer behaviour. How to design policies that support agricultural production and encourage the emergence of new activities in the context of strong population growth & evolving markets? find out +


Regional governance of food security

Food security has been at the core of the Club's founding mission. Current focus areas include facilitating work of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA):

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Cross-border co-operation

The SWAC Secretariat's 2015-16 strategic reflection cycle analyses major challenges and opportunities of cross-border co-operation. A mapping study is currently being conducted on potentially favorable cross-border areas in West Africa. In parallel, three case studies focus on the regions of the Liptako-Gourma Authority, the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS) and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC). find out + | blog on social network analysis


The Sahara-Sahelian areas

‌The 2013-14 West African Perspectives (WAP) programme focused on the Sahara-Sahelian areas. The Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel addresses the security challenges through the mobility characteristic of its territories, populations and the socio-economic networks that connect them. Its analysis contributes to policy dialogue on the strategies for the Sahel.


Lake Chad, northern Mali:
Progress and uncertainty

Two major geopolitical threats hovered over West Africa in the first part of 2015: the potential failure of the presidential election in Nigeria, on the one hand, and that of the peace negotiations in Mali on the other. Today a sense of relief prevails, but it is accompanied by apprehension.


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‌In the Media 

‌‌‌Changing demographics pulling up agriculture. ECDPM Great Insights Magazine, June/July 2015

Challenges for the transformation of West Africa's agricultural systems, Grain de Sel, June 2015 (French)

Togo, an unchanging electoral geography, Le Monde Afrique, 11 May 2015 (French)

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