Support Program for Food and Nutrition Security

The Support Program for Food and Nutrition Security Program in West Africa (PASANAO) has the overall objective of contributing to the improvement of the food and nutrition situation of West Africans, mainly by strengthening the capacity of national and regional food security devices to take into account the new dimensions of security food, the diversity of situations and the interdependence of national economies in West Africa.

The program intends to achieve the following outcomes:

  • To diagnose and integrate food security parameters in a harmonized framework and to be   used by the 5 countries of the central basin by 2016

  • To strengthen and network the national information systems for Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) such that  5 countries of the central basin use the market information in food security analysis by 2016

  • To strengthen the capacities of national and regional agents in charge of food security information system (FSIS)  and for the production of quality reports of the FSN by 60% of national structures that have benefited from the training support.

  • To improve and implement regional market regulation policies.

  • To adopt policies on access to food for the poorest in the region.

  • To reduce food insecurity in the region through the line of innovative operations on the FSN. At least, half of the States  in the region have submitted a proposal for co-financing  the national program on Social Safety Nets (SSN)

The program, includes the following components:

  • A renewed vision of food security through better consideration of new determinants of food insecurity in the context of a regional approach. It will result in particular by strengthening information systems markets (MIS), enlargement devices nutritional monitoring, conducting surveys on household incomes and improving the link between information and decision.

  • Institutional support to ECOWAS and its Member States to implement and coordinate policies in two key areas of food security: the regulation of agricultural markets and social safety nets.

  • Financing innovative operations whose results will be evaluated for an extension to a larger scale. It will be a support for the structuring of trade on the Niger -Nigeria- Benin border area or pilot projects on crop insurance.

  • The means, including humans, needed to strengthen ECOWAS on these issues and the implementation of the program: Technical Advisor to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources (C/OCI - ECOWAS) and technical assistance (4) assigned to the coordination Unit of the program implementation in Lome with the Regional Agency for Food and Agriculture (RAAF).

The duration of the programme is 4 years; 2013 - 2017 and  it covers all member states of ECOWAS to ensure food security across the region.

The program coordinator is Amadou Mactar KONATE with the following external partners supporting it:

  • ECOWAS Members

  • AFD


The program cost is € 12.34 million; AFD is financing € 10.4   million while ECOWAS is financing € 1.94 million. In 2014, ECOWAS, on behalf of the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) and with the financial support of AFD, provided 2 million Euros to finance projects for the improvement of food and nutrition security.

Funding will be awarded to "innovative" projects on the following themes: 

  • fortification of foods and local production of nutritional supplementation

  • security of pastoral activity systems

  • credit systems strengthening and agricultural insurance.



Amadou Mactar KONATE

Financial Partners

Economic Community Of West African States ( ECOWAS )
French Development Agency

Member Countries

  • Togo
  • Sierra Leone
  • Senegal
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Gambia
  • Cote d’ivoire
  • Cape verde
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Niger
  • Mali
  • Liberia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Themes

  • Food Security
  • Sectors

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Information Systems Support
  • Market Regulation Instruments
  • Regional Food Security Reserve
  • Storage