ECOWAS parliament: MPs call for the inclusion of Guinea-Bissau in WAAPP

Gathered at the first meeting relocated to the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament from 1 to 5 November 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Joint Commission of the Parliament of the Economic Community called for the immediate integration of Guinea Bissau in the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP). A program placed under the financial facilitation of the World Bank and coordinated at the regional level by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD).

Members of the joint committee also recommended that Centers of Excellence of WAAPP should be extended to all member states “according to their expertise and comparative advantages.”

They further called for the extension of the “Sahel Irrigation Initiative Program” to all Member States and the involvement of the World Bank for additional funding. Members were urged to ensure compliance with the commitment of African countries to devote 10% of national budgets to agriculture.

The Dakar meeting focused on the theme “Regional Agricultural Investment Plan of ECOWAS (RAIP) and the National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) of Member States under the proposed revision of ECOWAP 2016 -2025 ” was an opportunity for the ECOWAS parliament MPs to make proposal for revision of the regional Common Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP) as the framework that defines the principles and objectives assigned to the agricultural sector and directs interventions in terms of agricultural development.

The common agricultural program of ECOWAS (ECOWAP) aims to “a modern and sustainable agriculture based on effective and efficient family farms and the promotion of agricultural enterprises through the involvement of the private sector.