PREGEC cycle for food crisis prevention and management
West Africa has an advantage over other African regions. Created more than 30 years ago, the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) unites all stakeholders – national, regional and international – under the political leadership of ECOWAS and UEMOA. Co-ordinated jointly by CILSS and the SWAC/OECD Secretariat, it has adopted the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management (PREGEC Charter) and uses common tools such as the Cadre harmonisé to assess food and nutrition situation. The PREGEC cycle is composed of six meetings per year, following the agricultural season in the Sahel and West Africa. Beyond the analysis of the agricultural campaign, the Network must adapt to the increasing complexity of the underlying factors of food crises, including conflict. It should also help Members take into account the specific food vulnerabilities of urban areas.