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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
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of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Fighting price volatility in West Africa:
Ecowas and FAO call for a regional approach

24 October 2011



Hit hard by the food crisis of 2008, West Africa continues to suffer from high volatility on food prices. In order to find long-term solutions to this problem, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the FAO held a joint meeting in Dakar on 6th and 7th October on the theme of volatility and soaring of food prices in West Africa.

"Rising and volatile food prices are a key concern throughout the sub-region, both for poor households that spend much of their income on food and for agricultural producers seeking stable profitable prices at their farms," explained Musa Saihou Mbenga, coordinator for the sub-regional office of the FAO for West Africa.

During this meeting, different participants proposed limiting imports of agricultural produce in West Africa, in order to promote sufficient local production to increase the rate of investment in agriculture and further regulate the markets. They also all stressed the need for action at a regional level. According Ousseini Salifou, Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources at ECOWAS, "fighting price volatility requires action at multiple levels in a coherent and coordinated manner".

Finally, the chief of staff at the Ministry of Agriculture of Senegal, Cheikh Sadibou Diop, believes that the discussions initiated by ECOWAS and the FAO will "enrich the conclusions contained in the Declaration of Dakar Agricole 2." Organized by the Republic of Senegal in cooperation with momagri1 to expand reflection on the issues of regulation and global agricultural governance, this international forum was held last April reuniting several Heads of States and Government, ministers and ambassadors from as many as forty countries, and representatives from international institutions.

The meeting organized by ECOWAS and the FAO is very much within the dynamics initiated by the final declaration2 of the agricultural Dakar, which supported the idea of a global governance for agriculture and reinforces momagri’s vision in terms of regional variations for an International Policy for Agriculture and Food.

1 http://momagri.fr/UK/dakar-agricole-2011-UK.html
2 http://www.momagri.org/UK/dakar-agricole-2011-UK.html

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