2011-2012 Work Programme

 

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Food security: West African Futures

The Club’s work focuses on settlement trends and market dynamics, analysing how these two factors impact agricultural activities and food security conditions in West Africa. Building on a literature review and analyses of existing information, it questions the coherence of data currently used for policy and strategy design. It also highlights the difficulty of cross-country comparisons, which explains why it is almost impossible to construct a precise description of regional food security issues. A comparative analysis of past food security trends in West Africa and South-East Asia complements this work. A second phase concentrates on building a prospective vision to help develop effective regional policies and support tools. A Working Group comprised of key stakeholders is at the centre of the entire process. 


Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)

Within the framework of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and under the auspices of ECOWAS, the CILSS and the SWAC Secretariat facilitate a dialogue process on the adoption of the new “Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management.” This code of good conduct notably includes a peer review mechanism for monitoring the effective implementation of the Charter. Moreover, CILSS and the SWAC Secretariat provide support for an ECOWAS/UEMOA initiative aimed at setting-up a regional network of national food security stocks. Capitalizing on its position within the OECD, the SWAC Secretariat also promotes this initiative by emphasizing West African concerns within the G20.


Energy

The primary work objective is to develop a common vision (ECOWAS/UEMOA/CILSS) for the renewable energy sector and policy tools. Bringing together key stakeholders, including the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Regional Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), SWAC work draws particularly on lessons from Brazil’s bioenergy experience and OECD work on “green growth.”


 

Security and development

The increase in instability and the hybridization of trafficking and violence call for policies that link security and development. The underlying dynamics can no longer be confined to the West African region. Through a regional analysis of recent tensions, the SWAC Secretariat aims at promoting dialogue and improving the understanding of West African security issues in relation to Africa and OECD member countries. Drawing on diverse expertise, it analyses how links between security and development are reflected in regional and international policies.