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West Africa's Struggle with Currency Devaluation and Food Insecurity, Agroberichten Buitenland, 24 April 2024

Sécurité alimentaire au Sahel et en Afrique de l'Ouest : penser et agir au niveau régional, RFI, 20 January 2024 (French)


Afrique de l'Ouest : l'évaluation de l'insécurité alimentaire, TV5 Monde, 17 December 2023 (French)

Sustainable cities: how private sector players are gearing up, PROPARCO-Groupe AFD, December 2023

COP28: In Dubai, the OECD calls for "reimagining transport in African cities, Afrik 21

Urban centres boom as rapid urbanisation redefines the urban geography of Africa, press release, SWAC/OECD, 26 June 2023

Violence is predominantly rural in North and West Africa, media advisory, SWAC/OECD, 21 March 2023

The growth of Africa’s towns and small cities is transforming the continent, The Economist, 9 March 2023


Afrique de l’Ouest : La malnutrition chronique des enfants, un fléau passé sous silence, Agence Anadolu, 20 November 2022

Africa’s COP: Where does West Africa stand with respect to the global climate agenda?, OECD Development Matters, 17 November 2022

Conflicts are becoming increasingly rural in North and West Africa, OECD Development Matters, 26 July 2022


Les villes d'Afrique face à leur avenir, Le Monde Afrique, 7 December 2021 (French)

Building it ''right'' in African cities - not back better, OECD Environment Focus, 8 November 2021

L’éducation des enfants en Afrique subsaharienne ne peut pas attendre, Le Monde Afrique, 15 July 2021 (French)

How should we understand sustainable food systems in West Africa?, LSE, May 2021

April 2021 : Media mobilisation around the key messages of the RPCA Restricted Meeting


Burkina Faso’s food woes deepen as extremists expand reach, AP News, 3 June 2020

Le Covid-19 exacerbe les risques de conflit entre éleveurs et agriculteurs au Sahel, interview with Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Sputnik Africa, 29 May 2020

Coronavirus: Improving resilience in West African food systems, The Africa Report, 21 May 2020

Food production systems in West African towns and cities, WillAgri, 27 April 2020

COVID-19 in West Africa: Multiple crises demand a new approach to co-operation, Development Matters, 20 April 2020

Il faut éviter la compétition des crises, Le Point Afrique, 16 April 2020

In Africa, Coronavirus Adds to Stress of Food Shortages, VOA, 16 April 2020

Des pénuries alimentaires menacent les pays dépendant des importations, L'Antenne, 7 April 2020

With or without, during and after Covid-19: the reform of the health and education systems in West Africa is a priority, Development Matters, 6 April 2020

Coronavirus : des pénuries alimentaires menacent les pays dépendant des importations, La Tribune, 4 April 2020

Le Covid-19 met l'Afrique au défi de sa sécurité alimentaire, Le Point Afrique, 4 April 2020

Africa's Conflict-Ridden Regions Face Another Existential Threat in COVID-19, VOA, 3 April 2020

Covid-19 risks overshadowing and compounding the already severe food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel and West Africa, Summary of conclusions, RPCA restricted meeting, 2 April 2020

Coronavirus : « Un scénario catastrophe est de l’ordre du possible », Jeune Afrique, interview with Laurent Bossard, 1 April 2020

Experts: African Economies Need Massive Support to Weather Coronavirus, VOA, 28 March 2020

Zonder steun rijke landen wordt coronacrisis een ramp in Afrika, Trouw, 26 March 2020 

Violence in North and West Africa increasingly targeting civilian and border areas, press release, 14 February 2020

Understanding Africa's urban geography is a top priority, press release, 7 February 2020

Why we need to rethink African urbanisation, Le Point Afrique, 7 February 2020 (French)

La présence militaire française au Mali, sous le feu des critiques, RFI, Les dessous de l'infox, la chronique, 10 January 2020 (French)


Nigeria’s border closure: Why it will not pay off, OECD Development Matters, 19 November 2019

Lake Chad Basin: Military response will not be enough against Boko Haram, OECD Development Matters, 18 October 2019 (French)

The shift towards protectionism in Nigeria, Le Grand Débat, Africa Radio, 17 October 2019 (French)

Mapping the Geography of Political Violence in North and West Africa, OECD Development Matters, 17 October 2019

The food economy can create more jobs for West African youth, OECD Development Matters, 23 August 2019

African urban studies at the OECD, Interview with the Korean Land and Housing Institute, August 2019

A new vision of Africa’s urbanisation, China Investment Magazine, July 2019

En Afrique, une urbanisation à géométrie variable, Le Monde Afrique, 26 June 2019 (French)

Agrobusiness : les recruteurs subsahariens en mal d’ingénieurs et de directeurs, Jeune Afrique, 24 juin 2019

The Sahel: responding to emergencies with efficiency, OECD Development Matters, 3 June 2019

Putting Africa's secondary cities first, Project Syndicate, 21 May 2019 

The essential role of cities in cross-border co-operation as a lever for African integration, OECD Development Matters, 18 April 2019 (French)

Megalopoli africane: le conseguenze del boom demografico (African megacities: the consequences of the demographic boom), Il Sole 24 Ore, 13 April 2019 (Italian)

Climate change and demographic pressure, source of violence in the Sahel, Le Monde Afrique, 11 April 2019 (French)

The Sahel needs and agro-ecological revolution, Le Monde Afrique, 1 April 2019 (French)

Nigeria: Africa's fragile giant, France Culture, Affaires étrangères, 16 February 2019 (French)

Resilience: four examples from Gambia, WARI programme, TV5 Monde, February 2018

The war against schools in the Sahel, RFI, 7 milliards de voisins, 31 January 2019 (French)


Employment in West Africa: everything is created, everything is transformed (French), FARM, 19 December 2018 

Questions A: Ibrahim Assane Mayaki: SWAC president priorities (French), Ouest-TV, December 2018

Questions A: Marie-Pierre Poirier: nutrition challenges (French), Ouest-TV, December 2018

The 34th RPCA annual meeting in Banjul, WARI programme, TV5 Monde, December 2018

Gov’t commits to the realisation of food, nutrition security for Gambians, The Point, Gambia, 5 December 2018

Gambia: Stakeholders find ways of combating food crisis and insecurity, All Africa, Foroyaa, 3 December 2018 

Radio news broadcast on the 34th RPCA annual meeting in Banjul (French), RFI, 3 December 2018

Laurent Bossard : the city is a laboratory of the Africa of tomorrow, (French), Le Monde Afrique, 22 November 2018

Visualising urbanisation: How the Africapolis platform sheds new light on urban dynamics in Africa, OECD Development Matters, 22 November 2018 

Obesity, a growing challenge for West Africa (French), Le Monde Afrique, 18 October 2018

What hope for peace in Mali? OECD Observer, September 2018

In Africa, urban sprawl is phagocyting the rural settlement patterns (French), Libération, 5 September 2018

Mali: tensions ahead of elections, RFI English, 26 July 2018

Debate on cross-border co-operation in West Africa (French), RFI, 17 July 2018

Media report for the seminar on cross-border development in the Sahel, 3-4 July 2018

Sahelian women, both central and marginal, Ideas4Development, 25 June 2018

Members appoint new SWAC President and discuss work priorities for 2019-20, 19 June 2018

Media report of the RPCA meeting (French), 16-18 April 2018 

Herders vs Farmers: Resolving deadly conflict in the Sahel and West Africa, OECD Insights, April 2018

Questions A: Ali Bety on the 3N Initiative in Niger Ouest-TV, April 2018

Questions A: Sy Martial Traoré on the market situation, Ouest-TV, April 2018

Questions A: Sidi Gueye Niang on the secodn Charter evaluation, Ouest-TV, April 2018

Focus on the food and nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa, WARI programme, TV5 Monde, April 2018

West Africa: 8 million food insecure people (French), RFI 19 April 2018

RPCA members explore food crisis prevention challenges (French), RFI, 18 April 2018

Burkina: working towards an increasingly modern agriculture, interview with Jacob Ouédraogo, minister in charge of agriculture (French), RFI, 17 April 2018

In the Sahel, drought and jihad create an explosive "pastoral crisis" (French), AFP, picked up by SlateAfrique, TV5Monde, VoaAfrique, Journal du Cameroun, MaliActu,,  TeleSud, Orient du Jour and others, 17 April 2018

Sahel: severe degradation of the food situation (French), AFP/Figaro/VOA Afrique, 17 April 2018

Disentangling urban and rural food security issues in West Africa, OECD Development Matters, 17 April 2018

Burkina Faso: the authorities take preventive action in response to the cereal deficit (French), RFI, 17 April 2018

Resilience: The House of Farmers in Niger, WARI programme, TV5 Monde, 15 March 2018

Why Africa’s poor pay high prices, The Economist, 15 March 2018

In the Sahel, statements....and methods (French), Le Monde Afrique, 13 March 2018 

Gender equality in West Africa? The key role of social norms, OECD Development Matters, 8 March 2018

Tackling discriminatory social norms would benefit West African economies, says new OECD study, press release, 7 March 2018

Food prices must drop in Africa: How can this be achieved?, OECD Development Matters, 9 February 2018

Eradicating hunger and malnutrition in the Sahel and West Africa: If you want to go far, go together (French), Politorbis, no. 66, Swiss Development Co-operation, 02/2018


Media Report of the Sahel and West Africa Week 2017 | All articles and videos

Interview with Mr Laurent Bossard: The food economy is and will remain the main source of employment in West Africa, L'événement précis, 10 December 2017

WARI Magazine on the 33rd RPCA annual meeting and the food and nutrition situation, TV5Monde, December 2017

Question A: Laurent Bossard, Ouest-TV, December 2017

Geography matters: a territorial approach to food and nutrition security, OECD Observer, 4 December 2017

Is rural migration in Africa the path towards development?, RFI - Eco d'ici Eco d'ailleurs, radio podcast with Laurent Bossard, 11 November 2017 (French)

WARI Magazine on the 2nd evaluation of the PREGEC Charter,  TV5Monde, November 2017

Question A: Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Ouest-TV, October 2017

Morocco: Africa is the future, African Business, June 2017 (French)

Bridging Nigeria’s food divide is a global challenge, OECD Yearbook, June 2017

Africa: Wars and famine, France Culture, radio podcast with Laurent Bossard, 27 May 2017 (French)

The food and nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa, Wari magazine, TV5Monde, 20 April 2017

West Africa: family agriculture to ensure food security, RFI, 12 April 2017

"Big data" in support of agriculture in West Africa, RFI, 11 April 2017

ECOWAS: is the level of intra-regional trade as low as official estimates suggest?, interview with Laurent Bossard, Forbes Afrique, March 2017 (French)

The cost of high food prices in West Africa, Rural 21, 21 March 2017

Girls robbed of their childhood in the Sahel (French), Le Monde Afrique, 7 March 2017 

Gender equality in West Africa: Actions speak louder than talk, OECD Insights blog, 8 March 2017 

Six key challenges to improving nutrition through social protection in the Sahel and West Africa, OECD Development Matters, 14 February 2017

Borders and Networks: The Forgotten Elements of Development, OECD Insights, 17 January 2017


West Africa’s diet transformation: Will the region capitalise on its changing food demand?, OECD Insights blog, 15 December 2016

Burkina Faso: Resilience building is underway, OECD Development Matters, 14 December 2016

Towards a Better Understanding of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), OECD Insights Blog, 12 December 2016

Regional before global: A value chain approach to industrialisation in West Africa, Bridges Africa, 22 November 2016

Time to connect the dots on urbanization and women and girls, DEVEX, 20 October 2016

Mapping West African trade networks, Brookings, 10 October 2016

Cities, which are growing at full speed, will be an opportunity for Africa provided that…, Le Monde Afrique, 28 September 2016 (French)

Where cities can take Africa, OECD Observer, September 2016

African cities for development, OECD Observer special to the 16th International Economic Forum on Africa, September 2016

The climate scientist and the teacher, OECD Insights, 26 August 2016

Sahel: Remove barriers and create a common ground, Interview with Laurent Bossard, The Broker, 25 August 2016

The main sector of economic activity in West Africa consists of feeding its population, OECD Insights, 11 July 2016

"No, it is possible to stop desertification", Interview with Sibiri Jean Zoundi, TV5 Monde, 20 June 2016

Saharo-Sahelian Terrorisme in West Africa, La Diplomatie, Special Issue, April-May 2016 (French)

AGIR: Resilience, a buzzword or a long-term commitment?, OECD Development Matters, 4 May 2016

Africa and the OECD, Interview with OECD Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz, Ouest-TV, 16 April 2016

WARI Magazine on the Food Crisis Prevention Network, 13-15 April 2016, TV5 Monde (French)

What future for African cities? Le Grand Débat, Africa No1, 28 March 2016

Africapolis: Measuring Urbanisation Dynamics in West Africa, OECD Insights, 21 March 2016

Facing the expansion of Daesh in Libya and risks of destabilisation of the Sahel region, military action can not be the sole response, by Serge Michailof, DiploWeb, 21 February 2016 (French)

Eco d'ici, Eco d'ailleurs, Jean-Marie Cour, Eco-demographer, 6 February 2016 (French)

West Africa: Security crisis and food crisis, OECD Insights, 6 January 2016

Insecurity, a driver of food insecurity in the Sahel, Le Monde Afrique, January 2016 (French)


WARI magazine on the 31st RPCA annuel meeting, 14-15 December 2015 (French)

Moving beyond agriculture: It’s food that matters, OECD Insights, 4 December 2015

Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu, neglected areas in Mali's development, Jeune Afrique, 23 November 2015 (French)

Can cross-border co-operation be a tool for the stabilisation and development of Mali and its northern regions?, OECD Insights, 22 October 2015

Pour la reconstruction des régions du nord du Mali, Le Monde Afrique, 21 October 2015 (French)

Food Security: A film dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) tells a Sahel and West Africa success story, AfDB West Africa blog, 16 October 2015

Building resilient societies and breaking the cycle of rural poverty in the Sahel and West Africa region, OECD Insights, 16 October 2015

Eating soup with a knife: Confronting warfare in the Sahara, OECD Observer, October 2015

Changing demographics pulling up agriculture, ECDPM Great Insights Magazine, June/July 2015 (French)

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)

Nigeria's presidential elections: Nigeria is the winner, West Africa too!, OECD Insights Blog, 10 April 2015 | Spanish, Casa Africa blog


Building peace in the Sahel, a regional perspective, ECDPM Great Insights, 4 December 2014

Africa No1 Podcast "Le Grand Débat", 1 December 2014 (French)

E‌bola does not stop at the border, September 2014 

Family farms play a central role in food security, May 2014 (French)

Eco d'Ici, Eco d'ailleurs, April 2014 (French)

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

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