UEMOA High-level Committee on Food Security
For the sixth time, the High-Level Committee on Food Security of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) took stock of the region’s food and nutrition situation. West African leaders met following the meeting of the UEMOA ministers in charge of agriculture and livestock, on 9 June in Niamey, Niger, under the chairmanship of Niger President Issoufou Mahamadou. In his opening speech, the president recalled the role played by the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) since it provided information and analysis drawn from the food crisis prevention and management mechanism, which served as the basis for response plans. The overall food and nutrition situation in the UEMOA area is good. The support and emergency plans target some 2.7 million food insecure people (at the crisis and emergency levels), including 600 000 in Mali and 1.3 million in Niger - especially in the Diffa region that is home to a large number of refugees from Nigeria. Structural responses to these recurrent crises were a central concern of the Committee. Among the priority measures that have been developed in Niger are: increased irrigation and floodplain farming, the diversification and modernisation of rain-fed crops, the preservation of livestock production systems, the sustainable management of land and ecosystems, forest product marketing, the development of rural and urban markets, improved water resource management, and the establishment of farmer’s centre offering a range of support services for farmers. The Committee calls for increased political commitment to mobilise financial resources for the UEMOA Regional Fund for Agricultural Development and to help countries implement structural measures, including their national resilience priorities (NRP-AGIR) and the priorities of UEMOA’s 10-year Programme for Agricultural Transformation (PCD-TASAN). Finally, there are plans to open up the Committee to the ministers responsible for the environment, fisheries and aquaculture.
Statement of the President of Niger (French)