At the invitation of the ECOWAS Commission, the Extraordinary Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture, Trade and Social/ Humanitarian Affairs of ECOWAS Member States on the West African Food and Nutritional Crisis and its Implications for the sub-region, was held
This meeting is a follow-up on the regional and international meetings of the Food Crisis Prevention and Management Mechanism (PREGGEC/FCPMM) and the Food Crisis Prevention Network of the Sahelian region and ECOWAS sub-region coordinated by CILSS. The purpose of the meeting was to:
- Examine the food crisis situation in the Sahelian countries and its implications for the region;
- Consider the proposals and recommendations made by the Experts;
- Decide on appropriate measures to be adopted in order to curtail the food crisis and its consequences.
The meeting was attended by Ministers of ECOWAS member States (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo), representatives from the Technical and Cooperation Institutions (UEMOA, CILSS, ReSAKSS, FARA), representatives from Support and Cooperation Agencies (Spain, European Union, France, USAID, HLTF, WFP) as well as representatives from the Civil Society and NGOs (OXFAM, CARE, SAVE THE CHILDREN, BILLITAL MAROOBE).
ECOWAS press release 18/05: