RPCA restricted meeting 2022

RPCA restricted meeting 2022

RPCA restricted meeting

From 06/04/22 to 08/04/22 - Virtual event

For the third consecutive year, the region is facing a major food and nutrition crisis. An estimated 38.3 million people will require immediate food and nutrition assistance in June-August 2022.  Meeting by videoconference and face-to-face, some 160 members participated in the three-day discussions.  They examined the final results of the 2021-22 agropastoral season and validated the results of the Cadre harmonisé analyses of the food and nutrition situation. Participants also discussed the contribution of food systems to nutritional challenges. The Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) Senior Expert Group (SEG) session discussed the Chadian experience in resilience of the most vulnerable populations. The participants also discussed several of the Network’s projects that contribute to strengthening regional governance of food and nutrition security. On the margins of the RPCA meeting, a high-level consultation was held between policy makers and other non-state actors from the Sahel and West and Central Africa, and their international partners. The 38th RPCA meeting will be held from 6 to 8 December 2022 with the central theme of “Pastoral and security crises and food and nutrition resilience”.


Agro-pastoral situation

Cereal production for the agropastoral season, estimated at 73 million tonnes, is up by 2.7% compared to the average for the last five seasons, but down by 2.2% compared to last year. Compared to 2021, production in the Sahelian countries is down by 11%. The countries most affected are Niger (-39%), Mali (-15%), Burkina Faso (-10%) and above all Cabo Verde, which for the fifth consecutive year has not recorded any significant production.  Significant fodder deficits, exacerbated by bush fires, as well as difficulties in accessing pastures and water points due to insecurity, complicate livestock feeding and cause an early pastoral lean season. The limitation or even prohibition of cross-border transhumance in some countries aggravates this already worrying pastoral situation.



Food and nutrition situation

For the third consecutive year, the region is facing a major food and nutrition crisis, with an estimated 27.3 million people in need of emergency food and nutrition assistance. If appropriate measures are not taken, 38.3 million people could suffer from hunger and malnutrition during the lean season in June-August.  In addition, an estimated 83 million additional people, under food pressure, could fall into crisis if appropriate measures are not taken.  Negative nutritional trends persist in several Sahelian countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) with nearly 6 million children under five suffering from acute malnutrition.



During the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR), members discussed Chad’s progress in building the resilience of vulnerable populations and good practices. They encouraged the government and its partners to redouble their efforts in terms of financial resources and coordination of interventions in the rural sector and resilience.

FNS governance

Benin, Guinea, Mali and Senegal presented their experience with the the analytical tool for assessing leadership in the governance of food and nutrition security (C-GovSAN), validated by the Network in 2019. Network members encouraged other countries to follow suit in defining plans for strengthening state governance leadership.


Civil Society Oversight Committees

Civil society oversight committees recalled the importance to know and apply the PREGEC Charter principles. Members congratulate and encourage civil society organisations in their initiatives for  food and nutrition issues.