On 25 November, the first session of Regional Meeting of Experts on Food Security in the Sahel and West Africa organized by CILSS started in Niamey, Niger.
The main goal of the meeting was to examine forecast indicators of agricultural production and, grain and food balance (ex-post and forecast) in countries of the Sahel and West Africa. The session was opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Farming of Niger Mr. Albadé Abouba. Representatives of agricultural statistical bodies and early warning systems of member countries of CILSS, WAMEU and ECOWAS, representatives of sub-regional and international institutions (ECOWAS, WAMEU, SWAC / OECD), of regional informational bodies on food security (CILSS, ACMAD, FAO, FEWS NET), representatives of SANAD projects, development partners (European Union, US AID, MAE / France), agencies of humanitarian help (OCHA, ECHO, US AID / FFP, WFP), non-governmental institutions (Oxfam GB, CRS, Save the Children, ACF, etc), as well as farmers and social organizations (ROPPA, RBM, RESIMAO, RESOGEST, etc) attended the meeting. Islamic Organization for Food Security was present at the meeting as well to establish direct contacts with regional organizations in the food security domain.
ACF - Action Against Hunger
ACMAD - African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development
CILSS - The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel
ECOWAS - The Economic Community of West African States
FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
OCHA – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
RBM – The African Shepherds and Pastoralists Network Réseau Billital Maroobé
RESIMAO – The West African Network of Market Information Systems
RESOGEST - The Network of National Companies in charge of the Management of National Food Security Stocks
ROPPA – The Farmer and Food Organizations Network in West Africa
SWAC/OECD - the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat
US AID / FFP - Office of Food for Peace
WAMEU - West African Economic and Monetary Union
WFP – World Food Programme