The Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel


Created in 1973 following the terrible drought crisis in the Sahel, the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) is a leading actor in the fight against food and nutrition insecurity and desertification in the Sahel and beyond. Over the past 40 years, it has accumulated a large technical and scientific expertise in the field of food and nutrition security, resilience, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, access to agricultural markets and water management. CILSS has progressively enlarged its geographic coverage to West African coastal countries. It covers today 13 Member countries and implements a growing number of multi-stakeholder partnerships such as the Regional Sahel Pastoralism Support Project (PRAPS) or the Sahel Irrigation Initiative Project (SIIP). It also co-animates together with the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). CILSS is composed of three entities: the Executive Secretariat (based in Ouagadougou), the Regional Agryhmet Centre (based in Niamey) and the Institute of the Sahel (based in Bamako). 


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