The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, has called for improved budgetary allocation to Agriculture in member states to address challenges of food security presently experienced.
The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr Sidie Mohamed Tunis made the appeal in Bissau, Capital of Guinea Bissau while declaring open, the Delocalised Meeting of the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources; Infrastructure Energy and Mines as well as Industry and Private Sector.
Represented by the Second Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Malam Sani Chaibou Boucary, Dr Tunis said, terrorism in the region and the war in Europe are negatively affecting member states.
The Speaker urged the participants to come up with recommendations to save the ECOWAS states.
applauded the parliament for the initiative, said the focus will address major issues confronting the people of the West African region.
President, ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, represented by the Commissioner, Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Massandje Toure-Litse, observed that the increasing erosion in the region was causing food insecurity among other challenges, making life difficult for the populace.
“Our vision is to construct a community of people who are fully integrated living in strategic peace and benefitting from all their fundamental rights and especially the right to clean environment and to have quantitative and qualitative good food”, the president of the commission said.
The meeting is themed, “A critical look at the ECOWAS Environmental Policy and Climate Strategy, as well as a biennial review of the agricultural production, food and nutritional security in Member States”.
Reporting by Idara Ukpayang; editing by Muzha Kucha