The delocalized meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament, centred on the environment and agricultural production, ended its meeting on Friday, August 26, 2022 in Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)
For five days, MPs focused their attention on the ECOWAS environment policy and climate strategy while assessing the progress made in the implementation of the regional policy on agricultural production and food and nutrition security in Member countries.
It emerged from the discussions that almost all countries in the region are facing deficits in food production and availability. Participants at the meeting thus concluded that it is urgent for governments to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of climate change.
Thus, the participants at the Bissau meeting recommended more investment in the agricultural sector to the States and to ECOWAS.
Furthermore, regional, national and local authorities will need to partner and collaborate to enforce regulations aimed at preventing pollution of rivers and agricultural land. Participants also recommend the need to mobilize the private sector to invest in climate change programmes and projects.
The 2nd Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Malam Sani Chaibou Boubacary, in his closing address, lauded the overwhelming interest expressed in the region’s concerns.