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36th RPCA annual meeting, videoconference

36th RPCA annual meeting, videoconference

RPCA annual meeting

On 03/12/20 - Virtual event

The 36th annual meeting was held virtually in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It took stock of the 2020-21 agro-pastoral campaign, the food and nutrition situation and the responses to the 2020 food crisis. It also provided an opportunity to assess the implementation of the recommendations of the second PREGEC Charter evaluation and discussed next steps. Members of the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR) discussed Burkina Faso’s experience in building resilience. The SWAC/OECD Secretariat presented some governance and co-ordination tools. They aim to strengthen the coherence and effectiveness of interventions and the governance of food and nutrition security more broadly.

Background

The region experienced a severe food and nutrition crisis in 2020, exacerbated by persistent security tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, heavy flooding during the rainy season led to the loss of human lives and enormous damage, particularly in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal, further weakening the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

In response to this food crisis, the region’s stakeholders quickly reacted, notably through setting up a Regional Task Force, led by ECOWAS together with UEMOA and CILSS, in order to monitor and inform responses. In support of the Task Force, the RPCA set up a technical unit to facilitate information sharing among stakeholders and disseminate the work of the Cadre harmonisé Technical Committee. Furthermore, the SWAC/OECD Secretariat, in collaboration with CILSS, set up an information platform on the RPCA website. This helps stakeholders “work together in a co-ordinated manner” and contributes to improving the effectiveness of interventions.

Maps & Facts: Food and nutrition crisis 2020, Analyses & responses

Food and nutrition situation

Sahel and West Africa: Food and nutrition situation 2020-21

The results of the Cadre harmonisé analyses indicate that, for the second year in a row, the region must prepare for a major food and nutrition crisis in 2021. Some 16.7 million people require immediate food assistance. This could increase to approximately 23.6 million during the next lean season, from June-August 2021, if appropriate measures are not taken. The prevalence of global acute malnutrition exceeds the threshold of 10% (“high” per WHO) in northern Burkina Faso, central and northern Mali, eastern and western Chad, and most regions of Niger. This unprecedented food and nutrition situation is the result of a combination of socio-economic, security and health shocks. Inflation continues to have a serious impact on Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Guinea.

Key figures

Food and nutrition situation 2020

Food and nutrition outlook 2021

Senior Experts Group (SEG-AGIR)

Members of the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR) discussed Burkina Faso’s experience in building resilience.

Presentation (French)

FNS governance tools

The SWAC/OECD Secretariat presented some governance and co-ordination tools. They aim to strengthen the coherence and effectiveness of interventions and the governance of food and nutrition security more broadly.

Presentations

In the media