30th Annual Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)
Key focus of the 30th RPCA Annual Meeting:
The Ebola Virus Disease epidemic presents a new challenge to the global community in general and to the Network in particular. Behind this unprecedented health crisis is looming undoubtedly a serious food and nutritional crisis coupled with an additional threat to resilience. While the humanitarian community is already mobilised, the scale and complexity of the impact on food and resilience is – at this stage – difficult to accurately measure with the tools used by the Network Members, especially due to the limited access to areas directly affected, containment measures and other travel restrictions. Data is generally collected through second-hand sources; it is difficult to verify and information is partial or non-updated. A summary of currently available information will be presented and complemented by witnesses from affected countries. In this context:
- Beyond the necessary emergency measures, it is essential that the Network focuses on its core business: “the prevention of food and nutritional crises”, in line with the spirit of the PREGEC Charter in which “The parties concerned recognise the need to make prevention a high priority, to be pursued through sovereign food policies.”
- Consensus-building, a key principle of the Network, is more than ever essential, especially in the context of fragmented and disparate information. By accepting to exchange information and discuss within the Network’s consultation framework and dialogue platform promoted by the Charter, the Members of the Network will be able to formulate shared analyses and build consensus on the measures to be taken. The effectiveness of collective action will thereby be optimised.
The implementation of AGIR is now at a crossroads. Fourteen of the 17 countries have begun the process of formulating National Resilience Priorities (NRP). The Regional Roadmap adopted by all stakeholders in April 2013 is guiding their work.
- It is now time to take stock: The aim is to have at least five National Resilience Priorities (NRP-AGIR) validated or in the process of validation by December. This positive step would serve as a foundation and a source of motivation to begin constructive dialogue on their funding and implementation. AGIR stakeholders could also draw lessons of the inclusive national dialogue processes, in particular of the multi-sectoral approach and the inclusiveness.
- Building synergy and ensuring consistency are permanent challenges. More than ever at the top of the international agenda, “resilience” sees a proliferation of initiatives that are wholly or partly dedicated to the concept: the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, the G5 Sahel, the African Union Strategy for the Sahel Region, etc. Because it has brought together all the stakeholders of these initiatives since 2012, and because these partners have already agreed on the framework, with a common vision, objectives and a shared approach, AGIR can certainly contribute substantially on an even broader scale to crystallising all of international efforts in favour of resilience in the Sahel and West Africa. While building on the mission of the Co-ordination Platform of FTP of AGIR, Network Members may, through dialogue, move forward on this path in order to fulfil this ambition.
LocationEuropean Commission - Berlaymont
Rue de la Loi 200