Supporting the West African peasant struggle to accelerate transformation of family farming and livestock in 2015 with ECOWAP + 10April 17th, 2015 Posted in Burkina Faso, English, Food and Security, Gender, Ghana, GROW Campaign, Let's tackle hunger, Livelihoods, Mauritanie, Niger, Nigeria, Pastoralism, Senegal | No Comments »
GROW in West Africa celebrates the International Day of Peasant Struggle launched by Via Campesina, on 17th April 2015, and supports the various initiatives in the countries of the sub-region.
2015 is a pivotal year for family farmers whose concerns are at the heart of the GROW campaign. Following commitments made at the AU Summit in Malabo in June 2014 (eradication of hunger by 2025, halving poverty, increasing agricultural productivity, improving accountability of agricultural policies, boosting the domestic African market), West African States now have the opportunity to take advantage of 10 years of the common agricultural policy (ECOWAP) launched by ECOWAS in 2005 to conduct a comprehensive assessment and review the progress made but also difficulties and delays in implementing and achieving agricultural transformation and shared prosperity.
The GROW campaign is particularly interested in the impact of the Common External Tariff (CET), effective since January 2015, on agriculture, as well as the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in West Africa the same year. Are ECOWAS and its member states ready to take the plunge into the world economy while the agriculture and livestock sectors still require significant support and guidance? Have regional leaders adequately assessed the expected benefits compared to expected losses?