Known as the third line of defense to prevent and manage food crises in the community, it is simply the symbol of a synergy of action in the 15 states. To make it work, each country is asked to contribute 5% of its stock. The contribution can be food or financial.
On Thursday, the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF), arm of implementation of this regional policy headquartered in Lome and the National Food Security Agency of Togo (ANSAT) started talking for the development of a national safety storage strategy.
"RAAF will help ANSAT build the capacity of stock and food security managers," said Ablasse Bilgo, Chief Technical Officer at RAAF.
To better understand the value of this approach, Sekou Sangare, Commissioner of ECOWAS in charge of agriculture, in an interview, explained to agridigitale that "the regional reserve aims to supplement the efforts of member States to provide food assistance, rapid and diversified nutrition, contribute to food sovereignty and to political, economic and trading integration."
AGRIDIGITALE.NET: Up to date, what are the progresses made by the RRSA?
Sekou Sangare: As part of the regional reserve a significant step has been made. It is now functional, operational. The instruments of governance have been validated by the countries, the tool is gradually being put in place. Countries like, Burkina-Faso, Niger, Nigeria have benefited from the reserve and thus progressively the reserve is being developed .
AGRIDIGITAL.NET: Talking of reserve, what does it mean exactly?
Sekou Sangare: When we say regional reserve, it is a storage system that is organized at three levels. At the level of the provinces or villages where most of the stocks are made up with the villagers themselves. The second is at the state level when the stock at the village level is insufficient. Then the third is the regional level.
And so, if you want, a silo system communicating between these three levels whose operation today allows us to say that we have a system that is truly operational that needs to be strengthened, that we have to make sure that it were a viable and sustainable instrument.
AGRIDIGITALE.NET: Can we say that Togo is a good student?
Sekou Sangare: It's not only Togo; it's all the member states. Togo is a member of ECOWAS. It is besides here in Lome that the first decisions were taken to allocate support, assistance to the States which formulated requests. Togo always showed its will since the beginning of the RRSA.
The country is member of the management committee of the reserve and can at any time benefit from the assistance of this reserve as the other member States.