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Food issues: demographic, urban, migration and security challenges

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This latest edition in the “Maps & Facts” series looks at the demographic, urban, migration and security challenges in the Sahel and West Africa through the lens of food issues. It promotes the following key message: the challenges facing food security should not be overshadowed by the resurgence of demographic, migration and security concerns on the international agenda. Rather, food security is closely related to these issues, and should be considered as part of the solution to the challenges they raise. Food issues are at the heart of the West African economy and society; ignoring their importance would be a strategic error. The business of making food for human consumption, including all elements of the value chain – production, processing and distribution – is the largest sector in the region, far ahead of oil, cash crops or industry. The food sector is key for creating more jobs, stimulating stronger and more inclusive growth, opening up a wider field of opportunities for agricultural producers and other entrepreneurs, and pulling the most vulnerable out of poverty and insecurity. Food issues must therefore remain at the centre of all reflection, policy and action – from food crisis prevention, to economic development, to building the resilience of the most vulnerable people.

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2017

  • No. 59, Substantial food price gaps across West Africa | pdf 
  • No. 58, Urban-rural linkages and the emergence of new urban agglomerations | pdf
  • No. 57, Benin, Niger & Nigeria: A strong potential for co-operation | pdf
  • No. 56, Visa oppeness facilitates free movement of people in Africa | pdf
  • No. 55, Market potential of West African agglomerations | pdf | jpg | HD
  • No. 54, Nigeria’s recession slows down West African economy | pdf | jpg | HD
  • No. 53, Food and nutrition situation in Nigeria | pdf | jpg | HD
  • No. 52, Satellite towns: Benefiting from proximity | pdf | jpg | HD
  • No. 51, Food and nutrition situation, March-August 2017 | pdf
  • No. 50, Women in parliament: Senegal ranks 7th worldwide... | pdf | jpg | HD
  • No. 49, Corruption remains a key challenge for West Africa | pdf | jpg | HD
  • No. 48, The six regions of the African Union | pdf
  • No. 47, Cross-border co-operation potential of West Africa | pdf

2016

  • No. 45, Eight million people in northern Nigeria facing acute food insecurity | pdf
  • No. 44, One out of three people in northeastern Nigeria faced with acute food insecurity | pdf
  • No. 43, Some signs of better governance in West Africa | pdf
  • No. 42, Internet: West Africans are going mobile but many are still offline | pdf
  • No. 41, The Regional Food Security Reserve | pdf
  • No. 39, West Africa’s economy stalled in 2015, gradual recovery in 2016 | pdf
  • No. 38, An overall good agro-pastoral campaign but malnutrition persists | pdf
  • No. 36, Rural and urban populations are moving closer together | pdf
  • No. 35, Nearly 30% of West Africans lack access to an improved water source | pdf
  • No. 34, Surface water in Africa | pdf
  • No. 33, West African girls are being married off too young | pdf
  • No. 31, Ebola killed more than 11 000 people | pdf
  • No. 30, Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) | pdf

2015

  • No. 29, Food and nutrition situation - December 2015 | pdf
  • No. 28, Burkina Faso: presidential and legislative elections | pdf
  • No. 27, Main infrastructure projects planned for northern Mali | pdf
  • No. 26, Rainfall evolution | pdf
  • No. 25, Progress towards achieving food security | pdf
  • No. 24, Food and nutrition situation: June-Aug 2015 | pdf
  • No. 23, Togo's presidential election | pdf
  • No. 22, Nigeria's presidential election | pdf
  • No. 21, Sahara-Sahel empires and their routes | pdf
  • No. 20, Western Sahara | pdf
  • No. 19, Niger: internal fragility and external threats | pdf
  • No. 18, Violent events (1997-2012) | pdf
  • No. 17, Limits of the Sahara-Sahel | pdf
  • No. 16, Borders in the Sahara-Sahel | pdf
  • No. 15, Cigarette trafficking | pdf
  • No. 14, Population density in the Sahara | pdf
  • No. 13, Migratory movements | pdf
  • No. 12, Communication networks in northern Mali | pdf
  • No. 11, Population in northern Mali | pdf

2014

  • No. 10, Poverty in northern Mali | pdf
  • No. 09, Decline of the nomadic population | pdf
  • No. 08, Tourism in the Sahara-Sahel | pdf
  • No. 07, Cocaine flows | pdf
  • No. 06, Hashish flows | pdf
  • No. 05, Boko Haram | pdf
  • No. 04, Niger: internal fragilities & regional threats | pdf
  • No. 03, Trans-Saharan road gap | pdf
  • No. 02, Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline | pdf
  • No. 01, Oil in Niger | pdf