RPCA restricted meeting 2018
RPCA restricted meeting
From 16/04/18 to 18/04/18 - Paris, France
West Africa’s food and nutrition security stakeholders will gather from 16-18 April 2018 at the OECD headquarters in Paris to validate the final results of the 2017-18 agro-pastoral campaign and take stock of the food and nutrition situation. Participants will also discuss initial findings from the second external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Network. On 18 April, the RPCA will host a session of the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR) which will showcase Niger’s experience on resilience-building. The RPCA meeting will offer many opportunities for dialogue, informal exchanges and networking between Sahelian and West African leaders, and their technical and financial partners.
- 16 April: RPCA Steering Committee meeting, followed by a discussion on food and nutrition security in urban areas
- 17 April: Agricultural, food and nutrition situation and the second evaluation of the PREGEC Charter
- 18 April: Senior Experts’ Group meeting of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR): focus on Niger’s experience
RPCA STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
The 16th April is open to a restricted group of Network Members who will meet for the first RPCA Steering Committee meeting to discuss implementing the RPCA reforms. In parallel, civil society actors will discuss the implementation of their Engagement and Accountability Framework on the application of the PREGEC Charter.
A thematic session will deepen the discussion on addressing food and nutrition issues in urban areas.
What is the current and projected food and nutrition situation in the region? What measures are required to address the critical pastoral situation and how can the funding gap be closed? How effective are national response plans and how can they be strengthened? These questions will be the focus of discussion during this session. The session will capitalise on the analysis of the Cadre harmonisé validated at the PREGEC regional consultation meeting, Ouagadougou, 26-28 March 2018
Sharing success stories on strengthening resilience inspires and catalyses progress. From the progress made by Niger in implementing its “National Resilience Priorities” (NRP-AGIR) to new tools designed to promote mutual learning and the sharing of best practices, this session aims to open up the discussion on progress made in terms of strengthening resilience: what factors contribute to success and what challenges have yet to be overcome?
Agriculture, food and nutrition situation
The food and nutrition situation is severely deteriorating in parts of the Sahelian belt. According to the Cadre harmonisé analysis, nearly 7.1 million people in the region currently face a crisis situation, especially in zones that are still plagued by insecurity, including in the Lake Chad basin, the Liptako-Gourma region and central Mali. The number of people in need of assistance could reach 10.6 million by June-August 2018, if appropriate measures are not taken in time. While the food situation has improved in the northeastern states of Nigeria (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe) thanks to ongoing humanitarian interventions, Nigeria still accounts for more than 50% of the region’s food insecure people. About 3.7 million Nigerians currently require emergency assistance (March-May 2018). These figures are expected to increase to about 5.3 million people by June-August 2018. In Borno State alone, some 1.5 million people (27.8% of the population) are likely to face a crisis situation (phase 3-5). The situation is also set to become extremely difficult in Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali as each country will have to address the urgent needs of nearly 1 million people. Some 800 000 people may be food insecure in Niger by June-August. The majority of people in need of food and nutrition assistance in these areas are pastoralists and agro-pastoralists. Their communities have been severely affected this year by the lack of fodder and water and they have been forced to migrate early, with their livestock, to other areas within their countries or across national borders. The critical food and nutrition situation is also linked to the region’s sluggish economy, the depreciation of certain currencies and inflation, which create an untenable situation for the most vulnerable populations.
The restricted meeting brought together some 200 stakeholders from the region and West African partners.
OECD Deputy Secretary General Kono participated in the opening ceremony.
High-level African representatives:
- Mr Djimé ADOUM, CILSS Executive Secretary
- Mr Sékou SANGARÉ, ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources
- Mr Jonas GBIAN, UEMOA Commissioner, Department for Agriculture, Water Resources and the Environment
- Mr Jacob OUÉDRAOGO, Minister of Agriculture and Hydraulic Infrastructure, Burkina Faso and CILSS Co-ordinating Minister
- Mr Gamar Sileck ASSAID, Minister of Production, Irrigation and Agricultural Equipment, Chad
- Mr Kobenon Kouassi ADJOUMANI, Minister of Livestock and Fishery Resources, Côte d’Ivoire
Mr Mohamed Tall, Minister of Livestock, Guinea
- Mr Nicolau DOS SANTOS, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock, Guinea-Bissau
- Mr Nango DEMBÉLÉ, Minister of Agriculture, Mali
- Ms Kane Rokia MAGUIRAGA, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Mali
- Mr Ali BETY, Minister and High-Commissioner, 3N Initiative, Niger
- Mr Albadé ABOUBA, Minister of State, Minister of agriculture and livestock, Niger
- Ms Aminata Mbengue NDIAYE, Minister of Livestock and Animal Resources, Senegal
- Mr Djibo BAGNA, President, Network of Farmer Organisations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa (ROPPA)
The meeting took place at the OECD Conference Centre, in meeting room CC10.
The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) jointly organised the meeting.
- Mahalmoudou Hamadoun, Regional Co-ordinator (PRA/SA-LCD-POP DEV), CILSS/SE
- Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Deputy Director, SWAC Secretariat