Food Security

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    The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) released the 2015 edition of its series, “Annual Trends and Outlook Report” (ATOR), dedicated this year to the nutrition revolution in Africa. Read on
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    On 17 October in Abidjan, Akinwumi Adesina, the African Development Bank President and John Kufuor, the former president of Ghana and current co-chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, opened the first official meeting of the group, African Leaders for Nutrition. The goal of this group is to strengthen the political dialogue between the continent’s leaders in order to convince them to make nutrition issues a greater priority. Read on
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    The security situation remains extremely fragile in the Lake Chad Basin and there have been several security incidents on Chad’s borders. According to the most recent UNOCHA update on the humanitarian situation in Chad: some 3.8 million people faced food insecurity at the end of August; and the country hosts some 388 000 refugees, 106 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 89 000 returnees. Read on
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    As part of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), the regional technical meeting of the for the crisis prevention and management mechanism (PREGEC) was held from 19-21 September 2016, in Lome, Togo. Participants presented the agricultural forecasts and food prospects for the Sahel and West Africa. The agricultural forecast is good; cereal production could be as high as 64-75 million tonnes, an increase of up to 28% compared to the five-year average. 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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    CILSS organised a workshop in Niamey from 23-25 August that brought together some 30 resilience experts from five Sahelian countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Senegal), as well as development partners. Within the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), the region is working to develop a consensual resilience measurement tool. A technical platform, led by CILSS with technical support from the FAO, was launched in March 2016 in Dakar. 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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