West Africans ponder food security in Bamako

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A sub-regional workshop on food security and nutritional policies in West Africa entered its second day here with participants defining a research and action schedule to reduce hunger and improve food security in the region.
About 30 researchers from national, regional and international institutions dealing with food security and nutrition are attending the three-day forum.
It is jointly organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Cooperation Centre of Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) and the Rural Economy Institute (IER) in Mali.
Participants will deliberate on regional issues and strategies to ensure food and nutritional security and the fight against poverty, the effects of migration on rural development and food security and the impact of technological and political options on food security, among others.
Malian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Seydou Traoré told the opening session Tuesday that the cooperation of governments and the political and civil society leaders was indispensable to solving food security and nutritional problems confronting the entire sub-region.
"The schedules of action and research relative to hunger in West Africa should grant renewed interest to rural development issues.
It is imperative that all interested parties are represented in these discussions, as we strive to gather innovative and appropriate strategies," stated Joachim von Braun, IFPRI director general.
Recommendations from the Bamako forum would represent the contribution of West Africa at the International Conference on Food Security slated for Kampala, Uganda next April.
About 400 delegates are expected to attend the Kampala meeting.

14 january 2004 11:01:00




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