Food Security: African experts met in Abidjan to reflect on the situation


Open since last Monday by Mr. Bredoumy Soumaïla Kouassi, Director General of Production and Food Security representing the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the regional workshop to harmonise the methodologies of the AHC-STAFF project studies in West and Central Africa ended on Tuesday 26 January 2016 in Abidjan-Plateau.

This workshop that brought together national coordinators in charge of the AHC-STAFF project in the six countries involved in the first implementation phase of the project in West and Central Africa, national consultants of the first 06 pilot countries of the project, a team from CORAF/WECARD and representatives of the continental coordinator of the AHC-STAFF project, aimed to harmonize the methods of field studies and canvas for the preparation of reports by national consultants in connection with the implementation of the AHC-STAFF project in West and Central Africa.

The representative of the Minister said the problem encountered is related to human resources. “In Côte d’Ivoire, there is a deficit of human resources in certain sectors” he said. To address this issue, he intends to involve the ministries involved in the training of human resources and those who are directly involved in the National Programme for Agricultural Investments.

This workshop which was held in plenary sessions and working groups delivered several results including: the sharing of study methodologies and tools developed by FARA consultants related to the studies to be conducted in each country. The harmonization of survey approaches, methods and tools. But especially the sharing of canvas for study reporting and drafting of national strategies.

Let’s note that the AHC-STAFF project is implemented at the continental level by FARA. In west and central Africa, CORAF/WECARD oversees the implementation at country level and will capitalise the results obtained to develop a regional capacity building plan for the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and a national capacity building strategy document for the implementation of CAADP at country level.