The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has assured that it will take decisive course of action to tackle food insecurity in the 2017 to 2018 crop year.
Speaking at the ongoing First Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, the President of the Commission, Mr Jean Brou, explained that the commission was prompted to weigh in on the situation seeing that agriculture is one of its key projects.
In his presentation of the report on implementation of the community strategic framework (2016 -2020), Brou stated that in spite of low rainfall being recorded in the 2017/2018 season; the region is expected to grow by 3.2 per cent this year.
He added that appropriate measures must be taken to deal with situations of food insecurity in the region.
“Food crisis is related to climate changes, difficulties in rainfall, so we have to react when this situation occurs because food insecurity affects both women and children.
“This is why we have called on Ministers of Agriculture of the 15 member countries to take decisions, in the bid to address the situation.
“We have already taken steps, but we also have to work closely with member countries, we also need to put policies in place to ensure food security and practice of agriculture in the region,” Brou explained.
He blamed herdsmen and farmers crisis on the inadequacy of grazing land and urged member states to introduce modern methods of forage practice, as a stopgap.
The president said the historic summit held in April, had paved way for the commission to take necessary steps in addressing the issue of food security in the region, adding that the meeting provided recommendations to prevent and correct conflicts between herdsmen and farmers.
Brou said although the commission established regional stock to ensure food security, more would be done to achieve the desired goal.
He noted that the commission would come up with regional forest investments and guide mobilization of resources for interventions in trans-boundary areas – to achieve desired results.