Quarterly newsletter of the ECOWAS Regional Food Security Reserve

Since the third Steering Committee of the support project in 2018, the RFSR has experienced a conducive environment with (i) the adoption of the institutional   reform of Ecowas which creates the conditions for its sustainability, (ii) the decisions of the statutory bodies of Ecowas on the governing bodies and operating rules of the RFSR, (iii) the operationalization of the Regional Fund for Agriculture and Food which paves the way for the establishment of the Financial Reserve, (iv) the institutionalization of Resogest that will help strengthen cooperation between countries and develop regional solidarity and (v) the adoption of national agricultural and food security investment programs which provide a renewed framework for improving food and nutrition security and developing national security storage policies.

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QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER N2 – INFORMATION CAMPAIGN PROJECT

The present newsletter is one of the products related to the activity of implementing an interactive device of information and communication as part of the project to design and set up a campaign addressed to producers and companies of agro-alimentary processing in the framework of the project to create the Regional Food Security Reserve (Réserve Régionale de Sécurité Alimentaire – RRSA) in West Africa (ECOWAS). The project will be henceforth designated in this newsletter as the “Information Campaign Project”. The newsletter is structured in three main parts: an introductory section, followed by a section entitled ” Information Campaign Project’s activities and achievements” which presents a summary of all the information – published contents and materials produced by the project, and a third part, “Knowing the institutional markets”, that offers resources related to all the topics covered by the project.

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Institutional Food Markets

Institutional food markets: an opportunity for producers?

Institutional markets are an opportunity for local family farms, allowing them to sell their produce. Nevertheless, the conditions for them to benefit from it are rarely met. How can farms cope with the various constraints of the markets, with the aim of support sustainably the local production?

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Food Sovereignty Brief

INSTITUTIONAL FOOD MARKETS IN AFRICA: WHICH TRENDS AND WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT?

Since the early 2000s, institutional markets have increasingly emerged as a mechanism that can significantly contribute to development goals such as food and nutrition security or poverty reduction. More specifically, they are often used as tools to promote certain agricultural production systems, including family farming or agro-ecological practices. This concept note reviews the development and implementation of institutional markets in Africa, the major developments they have undergone and the actors that have been involved. Finally, from the lessons learned from the different

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QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER N1 – INFORMATION CAMPAIGN PROJECT

The present newsletter is one of the products related to the activity of implementing an interactive device of information and communication as part of the project to design and set up a campaign addressed to producers and companies of agro-alimentary processing in the framework of the project to create the Regional Food Security Reserve (Réserve Régionale de Sécurité Alimentaire – RRSA) in West Africa (ECOWAS). The project will be henceforth designated in this newsletter as the “Information Campaign Project”. The newsletter is structured in three main parts: an introductory section, followed by a section entitled ” Information Campaign Project’s activities and achievements” which presents a summary of all the information – published contents and materials produced by the project, and a third part, “Knowing the institutional markets”, that offers resources related to all the topics covered by the project.

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Quarterly newsletter of the ECOWAS Regional Food Security Reserve

The Food Crisis Prevention Network tells us that in the light of the projections from the March 2018 Harmonized Framework Analyses, the food and nutrition situation is globally worrying in the Liptako Gourma zone in Northern Mali, Eastern Niger, in the Chad Lake Basin, in North-eastern Mauritania and in East-central Senegal. This is due to drought, lack of animal feed, pastoral crisis, depletion of stocks of vulnerable households, civil insecurity, high food prices, livelihoods erosion of traditional social safety nets linked to displacements of populations. This nutritional situation – 10.6 million people are expected to experience food difficulties, including 1.6 million children – which remains a concern in these countries, could deteriorate further during the hungry season from June to August 2018, with the increase in diarrheal diseases and malaria generally observed during the raining season. ECOWAS, through the Regional Food Security Reserve, will contribute notably with cereals, to support the efforts of the States in the implementation of urgent actions for food assistance to vulnerable populations.

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