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ECOWAS Launches ten Innovative Projects on Food Security with AFD Support through PASANAO

Since 2013, the French Development Agency (AFD) has been supporting the ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) through the project that supports food and nutrition security in West Africa (PASANAO) in improving the food and nutrition situation of West Africans. The main objective of PASANAO is to build the capacity of national and regional systems to take into consideration new challenges of food and nutrition security.

With this support, RAAF undertook, among other activities, preparatory works for the operationalization of the regional food security stock, the training of MA level students in food and nutrition security at AGRHYMET/CILSS, the grant of 1,550,565 Euros for seven (7) projects under implementation. These projects were selected following a first Call for proposals in three thematic areas, namely: (i) Food Fortification and Local Production of Nutritional Supplement Products; (ii) Securing Pastoral Activity Systems and (iii) Strengthening Credit Systems and Agricultural Insurance.

Following the first Call for proposals launched in 2014, RAAF placed a second Call to select ten (10) new projects focussing on i) Agricultural Products Storage and Marketing and Market Risk Management, and ii) Eating Behaviours: Challenges for Local Resources Promotion. For each thematic area, five (05) projects were selected, meaning ten (10) new projects in total. Grant agreements between projects promoters and RAAF were formalized on 13th May 2016.

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