Food Security Keri Tremblay and John Lund

How does the RPCA help West Africa and the Sahel fight hunger and why?

The RPCA helps West Africa and the Sahel fight hunger by helping everyone speak the same language, to make it more organized, and this organization was formed because of the droughts of '73,'84, and '85.

What is the RPCA?

The RPCA is a platform used for people in the program to speak the same language and more easily coordinate aid for everyone. The RPCA was created 30 years ago in response to three severe droughts in Western Africa and the Sahel. The RPCA helps show countries how much they grow, and how else they can improve. In the beginning, the RPCA made cereal balance sheets to distribute out.

What Kind of Problems were/are Encountered?

A lack of organization during the droughts caused many problems. For instance, the lack of organization led to people struggling to make meals. "People reacted in a way that was not organized. Each country and development agency had it’s own strategy. The aid did not take into account local food habits.When you bring rice, wheat flour or milk to people who don’t use/ know these products, they are unable to prepare meals.” (RPCA) The lack of organization led to people receiving food they have never eaten before, and had no idea how to prepare a meal with these items. A lack of organization also led to not enough aid, and only certain areas received aid, and not other areas. "The aid was only distributed to towns, not the countryside." (RPCA video)

Where the RPCA operates/is focused on

How Were These Problems Solved?

These problems were each solved in a different way. The RPCA was formed to help everyone speak the same language so that everyone can understand each other, and solve the others' problems. The RPCA created a Food Aid Charter, which was the forerunner to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The RPCA has also pledged "Zero Hunger" by 2030. More initiative has been taken for a security policy with sharper focus on productivity boosters, addition of valves, and assuring better return for farmers.

What Impact does the RPCA Have on Food Security in West Africa?

It has decreased malnutrition and food insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel by 60%. It has urged Western Africa and people in the Sahel to not constrain their local production and to not disturb the market. The RPCA views how governments are planning to help their people with food insecurity, and tells them how they can improve.

What Can Others do to Help?

The best thing others can do is donate funds to purchase foods and pay for the flight to deliver this food. Others can also help by asking governors to help make developing governments into stronger governments.

Why Does This Matter to Us?

This matters to us because others are suffering, and if we don't help them, it will spread all around the world. Helping out others will do us a favor in the future: it will convince other countries to help us in our time of need, because we helped them in theirs. When we help others, we show that we are united. Do we really want everyone not having someone else's back?

It could even just be a reassurance....
Giving food to the hungry is the right thing to do

Works Cited:

"Food Security: A Film Dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) Tells a Sahel and West Africa Success Story." African Development Bank. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.

SWACoecd. "The Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) Tells a Sahel and West Africa Success Story." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Oct. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

"Pakistan: ‘remarkable Progress in Food Security'" Zero Hunger Challenge. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.

Credits:

Created with images by DFAT photo library - "Africa Food Security 18" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Celebrating the power of women and peanuts in tackling malnutrition" • TREEAID - "Village granary near Fada, Burkina Faso" • DFAT photo library - "Africa Food Security 4" • DFAT photo library - "Africa Food Security Research 1" • Jake Cook - "Corn Field Sunset." • SEDACMaps - "World Child Malnutrition" • SEDACMaps - "Mauritania: Population Density, 2000" • DFAT photo library - "Africa Food Security 21" • USDAgov - "People in front of a hut in Africa" • US Army Africa - "U.S. Army Medical Research Unit - Improving malaria diagnostics, Kisumu, Kenya 05-2010" • pwjamro - "Shadows" • skeeze - "clasped hands comfort hands" • Unsplash - "pine leaves green hands"

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