Over the past three decades, West African and Sahel countries have seen their populations double. Almost half live in cities. As a result, food crises are becoming increasingly complex and multifaceted. Situations aggravated by the growing influence of global markets and increased pressures of climate change on agricultural activities.
To adapt to these profound transformations and to address the root causes of food insecurity, in 2012, the seventeen countries in the region adopted the Charter for the Prevention and Management of Food Crises in the Sahel and in West Africa, called the PREGEC Charter.
In Burkina Faso, civil society organisations, the private sector and parliamentarians took the lead in organising a workshop for the first time in the region on 19 and 20 June 2019, which resulted in the establishment of a National Citizen and Parliamentary Watch Committee on the application of the PREGEC Charter.