Annual meeting on the Regional Food Security in the Sahel and West Africa (CORESA)
The fourth edition of the annual meeting on the Regional Food Security in the Sahel and West Africa (CORESA) took place in Dakar from 12 to 13 December 2011: "The challenge of Food security at national, regional and continental levels: The CAADP investment plans and prospects for their implementation to establish sustainable food and nutritional security in West Africa."
The above theme was very pertinent as several countries in the region are experiencing a deficit in their agricultural production in 2011 including Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad and Niger the latter being the most affected country with a deficit of 14 percent.
The meeting built upon the business meetings that were held in Dakar in August 2010. Since then an overall situation of regional and national investment plans has not been prepared and discussed.
The meeting was attended by member states and the CAADP focal points, ECOWAS , UEMOA and CILSS representatives, the institutions implementing the four CAADP pillars, technical and resource partners, and civil society.
After various presentations on the status of implementation of the CAADPs and the related investment plans at national and regional levels, discussions allowed attendees to draw some recommendations with respect to the operationalisation of the CAADPs. Amongst others, it was agreed that the opening and functioning of the Regional Agriculture and Food Agency (RAAF) and the creation of the Regional Funds to finance CAADP investment projects at regional and national levels would spearhead the process.
Various trainings including resource mobilization strategies, value chain analysis, monitoring and evaluation were requested as necessary for the implementation of the CAADPs and its related investment plans.