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Preventing the food crisis in West Africa: what is the role of CORAF?

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The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) has been invited to attend an important annual regional event in West Africa to discuss sustainable solutions to prevent hunger in the region. The 33rd Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) is organized by the Sahel Club and West Africa (SWAC). It will be held in Cotonou, Benin from 4 to 6 December 2017 and will focus on the food and nutrition issues facing West Africa.

Central to CORAF's participation at this year's event will be a discussion of a 2014 multi-stakeholder intervention that has contributed significantly to the prevention of a food crisis at the height of the Ebola outbreak. While drawing lessons from CORAF's Ebola intervention, the session will also allow participants to consider the state of readiness of the region and its improved ability to cope with similar crises in the future. . As the largest subregional research organization in Africa, CORAF contributes significantly to the growth of food systems in the region through innovative research and smart technologies to combat the effects of climate change. "In collaboration with the private sector, donors and policymakers in several countries, CORAF has delivered timely and essential seeds to affected communities in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone," said Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, Executive Director of CORAF .

"In the history of West Africa, there has rarely been such a show of solidarity among the Member States of the Community. For the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), a perfect testimony to its vision of promoting regional integration and intersectoral collaboration to address challenges at the regional level ". Entitled "Seeds of Resilience and Regional Solidarity", the parallel CORAF event will also discuss solutions to face emerging challenges such as climate change. The development of innovative techniques, climate-smart crop varieties and innovative approaches to the implementation of seed regulation have been central to the recent work of CORAF and its partners. These actions have increased the supply of quality seeds in the region and have greatly relieved millions of farmers and farmers of the difficulty of access to quality seeds.

By working with the private sector, it has also enabled greater involvement of companies in the sector. CORAF is mandated to serve as a technical arm for ECOWAS, UEMOA, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC). It is one of the implementing bodies of Pillar 4 of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) designed to improve food security and incomes in Africa. Pillar 4 is specifically aimed at improving the capacity of the agricultural research system to develop and disseminate appropriate new technologies. In this regard, CORAF has been designated by ECOWAS to implement the West Africa Seed Program. This is a major five-year seed program credited today for helping to improve the industry in West Africa. Similarly, CORAF is designated to implement the Agricultural Productivity Program in West Africa. The complementary actions of the two programs created synergy for the achievements of the national and regional seed industry development, the improvement of agricultural productivity and the Ebola Seed Support Initiative.

 

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