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Support to the regional coordination for the 2012 Sahel crisis

Support to the regional coordination for the 2012 Sahel crisis

Full title of the project:

Support to the regional coordination for the 2012 Sahel crisis

Target areas:

West Africa and the Sahel

USD 195 038
Project code:

To improve food and nutrition security, vulnerability analysis and consensus building for a coherent and coordinated response, as well as strengthen the coordination among food security, nutrition and Disaster Risk Management/Disaster Risk Reduction (DRM/DRR) stakeholders.

Key partners:

Comité permanent inter-États de lutte contre la sécheresse au Sahel (CILSS), DRR Task Force, the Emergency and Response Preparedness Working Group (EPR WG), the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG), the Nutrition Working Group (NWG), the Food Crises Prevention and Management Network (PREGEC) and the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA).

Beneficiaries reached:

Various food and nutrition stakeholders intervening in West Africa and the Sahel benefited from the project, including donors, governments, NGOs and United Nations agencies. Vulnerable households also indirectly benefited from the project.

Activities implemented:
  • Participation and co-chairing of the monthly FSNWG meetings;
  • production of regular joint FAO/WFP food security notes;
  • coordination of FAO’s participation to the joint CILSS/FAO/Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)/WFP government missions (crop harvest mission in September-October and market missions);
  • participation to Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), United Nations for West Africa, EPR WG and NWG meetings;
  • contribution to joint regional humanitarian appeals (i.e. Consolidated Appeals Process); and
  • provision of technical training support to FAO and partners to ensure consistency and coherency of analysis and/or actions.

The coordination among food security, nutrition and DRM/DRR stakeholders was strengthened and the food security, livelihoods and resilience components were better analyzed and integrated in DRM/DRR and in humanitarian coordination initiatives. Based on eight indicators identified to assess the impact of the project, the following results were obtained: (i) 20 FSNWG meetings attended and joint documents issued/updated, including the necessary food security analysis and integration of agricultural related issues; (ii) 29 organizations participated to FSNWG; (iii) six IASC meetings and 12 intersectoral meetings focusing on Mali attended; (iv) 2012 Mid-Year Review of the Humanitarian Inter-Agency Strategy produced; (v) 13 DRR Task Force meetings, seven EPR WG meetings, two regional DRR workshops organized and two Regional Committees for Disaster Management in West Africa workshops attended; (vi) 17 countries assessed by FAO in the region (2012 and 2013 crop harvest, as well as 2013 market and food security assessments); (vii) six assessment mission reports available for 2012 and 2013; (viii) one surge mission to support country strategic food security response deployed (1-7 April 2013).