Key outcomes of the 31st RPCA Annual Meeting
Dakar, 14-15 December 2015
The Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) has just reviewed the food and nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa: "The overall food and nutrition situation is satisfactory". Malnutrition remains, however, a major challenge for the region: between January and October 2015, 910 000 children have been identified and treated against severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel. The Cadre harmonisé analysis reveals that some 7.9 million people in the 17 Sahel and West African countries were in a crisis situation during the period from October to December 2015, including 5.2 million in northern Nigeria due to the security situation in that area. If strong action is not taken, the food and nutrition crisis could impact, by June-August 2016 some 10.5 million people in the region.
Some good news: The Cadre harmonisé was for the first time applied to all 17 Sahelian and West African countries. The PREGEC system continues to expand its coverage to Anglophone coastal countries. The RPCA benefited from high-level engagement, with the participation of six West African ministers, including those of Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as representatives of the Mano River Union (MRU); this illustrates the Network’s increasing advocacy capacity and impact on decision-making.
Presentations, statements and a selection of images are now available online. We also invite you to watch a WARI magazine programme dedicated to the 31st RPCA annual meeting on TV5 Monde and the Ouest-TV channel (see schedule below).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for participating in the rich and informative debates and to wish you a happy holiday season.
The CILSS Executive Secretariat and the SWAC Secretariat.
WARI Magazine Programme on the 31st RPCA annual meeting:
24 December 2015 at 8 pm (UTC) on TV5 MONDE AFRIQUE
26 December at 8:30 am (Montreal time) on TV5MONDE CANADA
26 December at 8:20 am (Paris time) on TV5MONDE EUROPE
27 December at 6:26 am (Paris time) on TV5MONDE EUROPE
27 December at 10:18 am (UTC) onTV5MONDE AFRIQUE
28 December at 5:30 am (UTC) on TV5MONDE AFRIQUE
27 December 2015 at 8 pm (UTC)
29 Decemberat 7 pm (UTC)
31 December at 10pm (UTC)
2 January 2016 à 8 pm (UTC)
The event was 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 the Commissions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).