NANTS at the Regional meeting on Second-generation NAIP-FNS and RAIP-FNS Implementation Review and Perspectives within the framework of ECOWAP 2025 (Conakry, Guinea, 2-5 December 2019) Main point of discussion, recommendations and conclusions from the Experts’ Meeting

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The Regional meeting on Second-generation NAIP-FNS and RAIP-FNS Implementation Review and Perspectives within the framework of ECOWAP 2025 (Conakry, Guinea, 2-5 December 2019) Main point of discussion, recommendations and conclusions from the Experts’ Meeting

NAIP-FNS implementation review and prospects

This sequence was introduced by presentations by each Member State (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea; Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo) on their NAIP-FNS implementation report, opening up on the statement of perspectives and challenges. These presentations were based on a single framework facilitating cross-cutting review. They are structured around a reminder of the vision and intervention logic, the presentation of the projects and the level of resource mobilisation, and the presentation of the challenges and perspectives.

The presentations on the NAIP-FNS progress highlighted the diversity of situations between the countries but, in general, very significant progress in terms of governance, revival of the sector through increased production and, sometimes, productivity, effective consideration of new issues such as climate change, nutrition, livestock and fisheries issues, development of partnerships with the private sector, insecurity, etc.

Following these successive presentations, discussions focused on the following points:
a. Socialization of programme implementation;
b. The comprehensiveness of the programmes, and their ability to cover all issues;
c. The degree of compliance with the commitments of stakeholders, including States, with regard to the Malabo Declaration on the Financing of Agriculture;
d. The question of balancing between the “resilience building pillar” as a social promotion management element for the poorest rural populations, and the “economic pillar” as a key element in the performance of the agro-forestry pastoral and fisheries sector;
e. The importance of not neglecting the question of prices as a key factor in income formation concomitantly with improved productivity;
f. The issue of agricultural taxation, allowing to increase public resources, as well as incentives to make savings;
g. The issue of agricultural statistics and, more broadly, information systems, including the importance of drawing on information on food and nutrition security collected and analysed as part of the Cadre Harmonisé process;
h. The question of the real integration of the gender equity issue, as this concerns both the design and implementation of NAIP-FNSs and the practices of professional organisations, and of all non-state actors;
i. The issue of comparative advantages between production basins in the region, with the underlying issue of specialisations and complementarities to be better exploited between countries and contribute to intra-regional trade; j. Accountability.