The Sahel and West Africa region is facing a major food and nutrition crisis for the third consecutive year with 27.3 million people currently in need of immediate food and nutrition assistance. This number could rise to 38.3 million people by June-August 2022 if appropriate measures are not taken. The Members of the Food Crisis Prevention Network call on all stakeholders to act quickly in response to the food and nutrition emergency and to drive long-term political commitment to address the underlying causes of multifactorial food and nutrition crises.
On the margins of the RPCA meeting, the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD), the European Union and the Global Network Against Food Crises organised a high-level consultation on 6 April to: i) mobilise additional financial resources to address the crisis and; ii) seal a long-term political commitment to tackle the root causes of food and nutrition crises.
The high-level meeting mobilised EUR 2.5 billion in pledges in support of:
- National response plans to food and nutrition crises in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions;
- Structural policies strengthening the resilience of vulnerable populations and agri-food systems, and integrating the humanitarian, development and peace nexus.
Speakers highlighted the numerous challenges facing the region and called upon stakeholders to go beyond providing immediate humanitarian relief to focus on tackling the root causes of recurring food and nutrition crises.
Read the summary of conclusions of the RPCA restricted meeting: https://bit.ly/3rFBLuL
Read the final communique of the high-level meeting: https://bit.ly/3v5woaf