The ECOWAS Commission has launched a programme to promote food self-sufficiency and reduce food import into the region by 40 percent over the next three years. This was revealed by the Commision’s Vice-President, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh.
Dr. Toga disclosed at a meeting in Abuja that the region is determined to pursue this programme during the tenure of the present management at the Commission which came to office early this year “even if we have to concentrate on our staple foods.”
The meeting had in attendance, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle. Dr. Toga paid tribute to the German Government for its support to ECOWAS in the areas of peace and security as well as capacity building to better equip the organisation discharge its mandate of promoting the socio- economic development of its 15 Member States. He solicited the country’s support for the region’s food self-sufficiency initiative and regional infrastructure improvement, to serve as catalyst for development through addressing gaps in West Africa’s section of the Trans- African Highway along the coast.
Also at the meeting were the ECOWAS Commissioners for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Salamatu Sulaiman and her counterpart for Human Development and Gender, Dr Adrienne Diop. Both Commissioners briefed the minister on the recent developments in Guinea Bissau and Mali, illicit drug trafficking and humanitarian situation in the region, particularly related to the crisis in Mali.