Agriculture & Fisheries

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    In this op-ed, Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, responds to concerns about Africa's capacity grow economically, by presenting the project he is currently implementing in his country. He said it is time for African countries to lay the foundation for a development that transforms people’s lives and frees them from their dependence on raw materials. The country faces a threatening recession, so its path towards inclusive growth is still long. However, Nigeria’s challenges are not the most important factor, but it is the fact that Nigeria now knows its weaknesses and knows the direction it should it take to make the country’s emergence a reality. Read on
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    On the occasion of the 31st CILSS Day, the Malian President and current CILSS chairman, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), raised awareness about the importance of water for the Sahel and West Africa’s social and economic development. In his video message, he called for national and regional policies to support sustainable management of agricultural water resources. Water resource management will also help address the many challenges that the region faces such as food security, resilience and climate change. Read on
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    This bulletin from CILSS Agrhymet Regional Centre presents the agro-hydro-pastoral situation in the Sahel from 15-23 August. The rains have been unequally distributed across the region with levels in some areas recording surpluses and in other areas recording rain deficits, particularly in the western Sahel (The Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal). Read on
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    As the main component of the ECOWAS Food Storage Strategy, the Regional Food Security Reserve constitutes a third line of response to crises, after local/community-level and national food reserves. Adopted in February 2013 at the ECOWAS Heads of State Conference in Yamoussoukro, the reserve is an important instrument of regional solidarity. Read on
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    The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Project works to support the sharing of data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable. The Land Portal and partners launched a survey of people working with open data in the agriculture and nutrition space. The data from this survey will provide inputs for a training needs assessment report that will inform the development of new training materials and courses. The deadline to participate in the survey is 5 September. Read on
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    Officially launched during the COP21 Climate Change Conference in December 2015, the “4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate” aims to ensure that agriculture contributes to combating climate change. French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll went on mission to Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, to inform the West African partner countries about the initiative and encourage the establishment and diffusion of climate-smart agricultural practices to increase the carbon stock of soils and regenerate degraded soils. Read on
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    Nigerian Minister of Health Isaac Adewole declared on 27 June a "nutrition emergency" in Borno State, where a large portion of the population is facing problems with access to food, water and health services due to the conflict in the north-east of the country. Information from recent rapid assessments raises the possibility that a famine could be occurring in the worst affected and less accessible pockets of the state. Read on
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    To accelerate their industrialisation in the face of tough global competition, West African countries must leverage their comparative and competitive advantages. Several strategies are available to them. The first is integration into global value chains, by initially developing low added value and labour intensive activities before gradually moving upmarket in the value chain. A second strategy is based on the transformation of local products, such as mango, shea, cashew and textiles. A third strategy is that of regional value chains, which focuses on local production of goods for regional markets. Read on
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    Experts of the regional system for the prevention and management of food crises (PREGEC) met from 9 to 10 June in Abidjan to take stock of the food and nutrition situation in the region at the beginning of the lean season. They also discussed the prospects for the 2016-17 agro-pastoral campaign. The prognosis made at their last meeting in April was confirmed: the food and nutrition situation is satisfactory except in the Lake Chad Basin, which hosts a large number of displaced persons and refugees. Read on
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    From 17 to 19 May, UEMOA organised the 4th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee for Agricultural Sectors (CCRFA) in Ouagadougou. Under the theme of "Strengthening the involvement of agricultural professional actors in the implementation of the UEMOA Agricultural Policy (PAU)," the meeting brought together members of the Network of Farmers' and Agricultural Producers' Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA), several sub-regional and national professional organisations, government representatives and technical and financial partners. Read on

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