The food and nutrition situation in the Sahel and West Africa review

  • 24th December 2015
  • by secretary

14-15 December 2015. Dakar. 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.

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.