Food security stakeholders gather in Paris

Held under the patronage of the Commissions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) gathered from 10-12 April 2017 at the OECD headquarters in Paris. Representatives of Sahelian and West African governments, intergovernmental organisations, professional agricultural organisations, the private sector, civil society organisations, and technical and financial partners reviewed the final results of the 2016-17 agro-pastoral campaign. They also analysed the food and nutrition situation and made recommendations, particularly focused on mobilising further urgent and co-ordinated assistance to affected populations in the Lake Chad basin. RPCA members also encouraged all stakeholders to commit to implementing long-term programmes to rehabilitate and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations. Participants at the Senior Experts Group meeting of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR) assessed progress in implementing the Alliance. To date, ten countries have approved their National Resilience Priorities (NRPs); a resilience component has been successfully incorporated in the new National Agricultural Investment Programmes and the Alliance has led to many other positive structural changes in the governance of food and nutrition security. RPCA Members also brainstormed on the reforms needed to strengthen the RCPA’s impact on decision-making. While recalling the need to refocus on   the RPCA’s original mandate – analysis, information-based consensus building, co-ordination and advocacy – members validated a communications strategy and broad guidelines for reform. Moreover, 12 West African civil society organisations signed an agreement to ensure the civil society monitoring of the effective application of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management. The second external evaluation of the Charter, scheduled for 2017, will focus on opportunity costs and the efficiency of responses to food and nutrition crises. During another side event, the Parliamentary Front against Hunger shared experiences from Latin American and the Caribbean. The event was organised by the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD). The 33rd annual meeting of the RPCA will take place in Cotonou on 11-13 December 2017 on the theme of innovative and territorial approaches to food and nutrition security.