International conference on the food security storage system in West Africa: ECOWAS will build a multilateral partnership around its experience



International conference on the food security storage system in West Africa: ECOWAS will build a multilateral partnership around its experience

The ECOWAS Commission will organize, from April 28 to May 10, 2021, by videoconference, an international conference to share with its partners and other regions of the world, the experience of its regional food security storage system. The official opening ceremony, which is scheduled for Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 12:00 GMT, will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of the ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) and those of the ECOWAS Commission and its Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The overall objective is to lay the foundations for a renewed multilateral partnership to strengthen, in a sustainable manner, the resilience of the Food Security Storage System in West Africa and its capacity to respond effectively to the amplification and the complexity of food, nutritional and pastoral crises. In the region. Participants will specifically discuss issues such as (i) the vulnerability of West Africa and the Sahel to food and nutrition insecurity, (ii) food reserves and the management of cyclical food, nutrition and pastoral crises in West Africa, (iii) the role of stocks in promoting sustainable food systems and building the regional food market, (iv) the role of food reserves in building resilience and household social protection , (v) partnerships and innovative financing mechanisms and strengthening the resilience of food storage systems and their capacity to respond effectively to the amplification and complexity of food, nutritional and pastoral crises.

The conference is part of the capitalization of the EU-funded support project for the food security storage system in West Africa which enabled the effective launch in 2015 of the operationalization of the storage strategy for the food security. food security in West Africa.

This strategy is based on four complementary lines of defense, below (i) local stocks set up and managed by local producer organizations or decentralized communities, (ii) national security stocks managed by States or co-managed by States and their financial partners, (iii) the Regional Food Security Reserve set up and managed by the ECOWAS Commission, and (iv) recourse to International Aid, when no solution can be found. found at the first three lines of defense.

After 5 years of implementation of the Support Project, an internal capitalization of the results made it possible to systematize the important achievements, the challenges and the lessons learned for a scaling up to make the Regional Security Storage Strategy Food, a pivotal instrument for the elimination of hunger in the region by 2030.

Participation is open to all stakeholders in food security storage: national (Member States), regional (CILSS, UEMOA, Networks of producer and women’s organizations – ROPPA, ROAC, RBM, APESS, Gender Network, Women’s Network for Conflict Prevention and Management, the private sector, etc.) and international partners (technical and financial partners, organizations of the United Nations system, NGOs, research centers and universities).

The official opening is scheduled for Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 12:00 GMT under the chairmanship of Her Excellency, Ms Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, and President of the ECOWAS Council of ministers. It will be followed by an introductory session on food reserves in the link between Humanitarian, Development and Peace.

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