This roundtable is part of a process initiated in December 2012 that will lead to the definition of concrete actions in favour of resilience in the countries involved in the AGIR initiative, of concerted actions driven by the various States, civil society as well as technical and financial partners before the end of 2013.
The EU-led Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative (AGIR) was officially launched on 6 December 2012 in Ouagadougou and is shaping up to be a major long term strategy for building resilience in the fragile Sahel region. In response to the chronic food insecurity in the Sahel, the Alliance’s objective is to promote greater resilience by creating synergies between the emergency response and long-term development strategies.
The AGIR-Sahel partnership, gathering representatives from over 30 countries, several humanitarian agencies and UN agencies, and organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and two regional organisations (ECOWAS and UEMOA), sets out a roadmap to create seasonal social safety nets to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable who have too long been the victims of chronic malnutrition. The building of these targeted seasonal safety nets involve cash transfers to the poorest during the lean period, but it also foresee investment in healthcare and social sectors, investment in agriculture, women empowerment, use of private sector expertise, etc.
The AGIR-Sahel will focus on a ‘Zero Hunger’ goal in the next 20 years through 4 strategic pillars:
- Pillar 1 Restoring and strengthening the livelihoods and social protection of the most vulnerable populations;
- Pillar 2 Strengthening health and nutrition, e.g. via programs which facilitate access to basic social services;
- Pillar 3 Increasing food production, the incomes of vulnerable households and their access to food in a sustainable manner;
- Pillar 4 Strengthening governance in food and nutritional security with, among others, a focus on strengthening early warning and information systems.