The legal status of the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food is synonymous to that of all specialised agencies of ECOWAS. It is a technical body that specialises in agriculture and is responsible for executing a certain number of objectives relating to the implementation of agricultural policy.
It is designed to be an autonomous institution outside the Commission, but with operating rules compliant with those in force within ECOWAS from a legal, administrative and financial standpoint.
As such, it enjoys autonomy in its financial management in accordance with the provisions in force within ECOWAS. It has internal regulations and management rules (personnel specifications, guide to administrative and financial management procedures) compliant with those in force within ECOWAS.