The fight against famine: a Sisyphean task


The most recent issue of the Swiss Foreign Affairs Magazine Politorbis is dedicated to the fight against famine, including an article on the Sahel and West Africa region, produced by the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD). It reviews the region’s progress in the fight against food insecurity over the past 30 years. While the region was spared from a major food crisis, food and nutrition security remains a major concern for nearly all countries in the region. Further progress could be achieved through better co-ordination to ensure the coherence and efficiency of all efforts, in line with national and regional priorities. It is always easier to make one individual move at one’s own pace, but it takes much more time and effort to build consensus, get everybody on board and move together into the same direction in a sustainable manner. As this wise African proverb notes, “If you want to go quickly, walk alone, but if you want to go far, let's walk together,” conclude the authors. By taking more co-ordinated and collective action, we can work more efficiently and have greater impact.


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