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ECOWAS Parliament analyses impact of COVID-19 on agriculture production

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, is holding a delocalized meeting starting today Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in Guinea-Bissau. 
Joint committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Industry and Private Sector, Gender and Women Empowerment, Industry and Private Sector, Energy and Mining, Social Affairs and Health are meeting in Bissau.  

Their engagement is on the theme, “Agricultural Production and Food Security in the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Region, under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic”. 

The meeting aims at enabling the joint Committees to interact with the ECOWAS Commission in order to take stock on the COVID-19 pandemic on the agriculture production and food security in the ECOWAS region.   

A high-level experts from the ECOWAS Commission, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) and the Guinea-Bissau Ministry of Agriculture will make a presentation to MPs on the COVID-19 pandemic, as it relates to agriculture production and productivity, as well as food security in the region.
In a press statement from the ECOWAS Parliament, it noted that, the host country will also give a presentation on its experience with the pandemic and its impact on its agriculture and food security as well as response measures it is implementing.

ECOWAS Member States have set up various mechanisms to coordinate the management and fight against the pandemic, taking into account the specifics on each state.

There are Presidential and Ministerial Committees as well as working groups responsible for coordinating national responses, and preservation of human lives, the containment of the spread of the virus, and the implantation of palliative measures in favor of vulnerable population, the establishment of systems to protect economies of national and local, and the development of social safety nets. 

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