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30th annual meeting of the food crisis prevention network (RPCA) in the Sahel and West Africa

December 16, 2014

Every year over the past three decades, the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) for the Sahel and West Africa has been holding its annual meeting. In 2014, it is taking place in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 and 18 December. As a member of the Network, CTA will be represented by its Director, Michael Hailu.

forecast results for the 2014-15 agro-pastoral season;

© Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel

Based on the forecast results for the 2014-15 agro-pastoral season, market conditions and food prices, the first day of the meeting will provide a forum for discussion on the current food and nutritional situation, with a special focus on the impact of the Ebola epidemic. For that matter, food security experts already forecast above-average grain production for 2015. According to the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), “the West African cereal production is projected to reach 48.5 million tonnes [...], a 4% increase over the previous year and 8% higher than the average over the last five years.”

The annual meeting will also be an opportunity to review the progress of the external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management and to take stock of progress in the process for formulating national resilience priorities for the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR).

The meeting is organised by the Executive Secretariat of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), under the auspices of ECOWAS and UEMOA