West Africa Food System Resilience Program (FSRP)

Monday, 31 January, 2022 to Thursday, 31 December, 2026

West Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world. Climate, agricultural, health, market and conflict risks make the performance of the food system highly volatile, triggering more frequent and severe food crises. In 2020, some 16.7 million West Africans required immediate food assistance due to a non-typical combination of drought, poverty, high cereal prices, environmental degradation, displacement, poor trade integration and conflict.

In addition to a very slow increase in agricultural productivity, market imperfections (variation and volatility in commodity prices, localized food shortages) are one of the aggravating factors in food and nutritional insecurity.

The COVID-19 pandemic put additional pressure on the food system, increasing malnutrition and food insecurity among vulnerable populations. It triggered health and economic crises that reduced access to food, particularly among the urban poor.

As well as being almost permanent, vulnerability in West Africa is characterized by inequality between social groups. Indeed, major inequalities persist between women and men in terms of access to resources likely to improve their living conditions through agriculture - in particular access to land and equipment, credit, markets and advisory and support services.

Faced with these facts, the region has made strong commitments to transform agriculture and strengthen the resilience of the food system, and is benefiting from funding from the World Bank and its partners to implement the West Africa Food System Resilience Program (FSRP).


Project components:

FSRP is organized around five (5) components:

  1. strengthening digital advisory services for the prevention and management of regional agricultural and food crises;
  2. the sustainability and adaptability of the food system's production base;
  3. integration of regional food markets and trade;
  4. the emergency response component (CERC), which only concerns countries; and
  5. Program management.

The Development Objective of the FSRP is to increase preparedness against food insecurity and improve the resilience of food systems in participating countries

Specific objectives

  • Contribute to agricultural and food crises prevention and management
  • Strengthening agro-sylvo-pastoral production systems resilience
  • Facilitate trade in agricultural goods and inputs within and across national borders in West Africa.
Implementation Strategy: 

Implementation approach. FSRP has adopted a multi-phase program approach. The first phase of the Program covers four (4) countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo) and the regional actions led by ECOWAS, CILSS and CORAF. The second phase includes three (3) additional countries (Ghana, Sierra Leone and Chad). Ultimately, FSRP aims to achieve full regional coverage.

At regional level, ECOWAS monitors and coordinates overall implementation. The Program is overseen by a Regional Steering Committee (RSC), which meets once a fiscal year to ensure

that Program activities are consistent with the vision and the projects and programs of the beneficiaries.

Implementation is carried out by : (i) CILSS (AGRHYMET) for component 1; (ii) CORAF for component 2; and (iii) ECOWAS for components 3 and 5.

ECOWAS delegates the implementation of regional fiduciary activities to its Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF). RAAF is mandated to provide technical assistance to regional programs and investment plans that contribute to the operationalization of ECOWAS regional agricultural policy (ECOWAP).

At national level, each country has set up a FSRP National Steering Committee to provide political guidance. In addition, a Coordination Unit (UCP) within the relevant ministry is responsible for the technical implementation of the program.

Expected Results: 
  • Result 1: Accurate and timely information on weather, disasters, long-term climate trends, land use, environment, hydrology, conflicts, agricultural production and market price data produced and disseminated to the specific user;
  • Result 2: Strengthened resilience enabling small and medium-sized producers to sustainably meet their nutritional needs and increase their income;
  • Result 3: Increase in intra-regional food trade between surplus and deficit areas and in value creation in priority regional value chains.
Other Relevant Information: 

Value chains by beneficiary country:




Value chain 1

Value chain 2

Value chain 3

Burkina Faso



Market gardeners

















Sierra Leone

Mangrove rice








Project document in PDF (see attachment)


External project link: (www.worldbank.org, www.coraf.org, www.agrhymet.cilss.org )


Contacts: Maty Ba Diao, m.ba-diao@araa.org

Financial Partners: 
Banque Mondiale
Technical Partners: 



Member Countries: