This workshop comes after the national consultation conducted in 2015 on water and food security in the climate change and the various negotiations conducted both at the 42nd session (October 2015) of the World Committee on Food Security and the COP 21 held in Paris in December 2015. Agriculture in Benin is characterized by the deterioration in production systems, under the agricultural and rural development, climate change and increasing population pressure affecting the availability of water resources, reducing the chances of future generations to meet their needs, with impacts on the environmental protection, food security, climate, economic dynamics, equity and sustainability, etc.
The goal of this workshop is to contribute to the implementation of the recommendations of the national contribution to water and food security. The workshop was attended by thirty people representing international organizations (GIZ, UNDP), the central and decentralized structures of the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Higher Education, Water, consultants and other resource persons.
At the end of the workshop, several recommendations were adopted, including:
- Establishing and making operational a multi-stakeholder framework (executive, legislative, civil society, private sector, donors) for monitoring the implementation of SDGs related to water, environment, energy and food safety from the preparation phase;
- Continue the mobilization of financial resources to achieve a rate of 15% in 2020 as a share allocated to the agricultural sector in the national budget;
- Supporting stakeholders in the implementation of technologies for the planning and management of water, soil moisture, drainage and flood management;
- Working towards the inclusion of the water component in the framework law on food security, being developed;
- Promoting integrity and good governance in the management of water resources and Food and Nutrition Security, among others through the development of specific tools and methods related to this theme in water and food security programs and projects.