Practice Brief: Promote food security in West and Central Africa
This practice brief showcases SNV’s activities in West and Central Africa aimed at supporting rural households to achieve food security. It is based on a broad range of case studies that highlight a number of similarities in the quest for solutions, for example:
- in the delivery of services relating to the management of family farms in Burkina Faso
- the marketing of wild mangoes in Cameroon’s forests
- the influence of policies by pastoralists in Mali in order to safeguard their production systems
It also underscores the diversity of contexts that require specific responses to address food issues, such as cereal production and trade in Mali, or palm oil in Benin in surplus areas, on the one hand, as well as the onion trade in Niger or cassava production in DRC, which are food deficit areas, on the other hand. Experience has shown that SNV’s work has culminated in significant improvements to the livelihoods of rural households, as well as to their adaptation strategies, while increasing their contribution to economic development in remote and landlocked areas in Africa.