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Agriculture is an essential pathway to meeting the World Bank Group’s (WBG) twin goals—eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity. Food production must increase by at least 35 percent to meet the needs of the rising global population. Thus, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be achieved without more and better investment in agriculture, food security, and nutrition. Meeting today’s challenges on the food and agriculture agenda will require major strides in agricultural innovation and climate smart agriculture, efficiency in food production and distribution systems, promoting environmentally and socially sustainable production practices, strengthening agricultural policy and institutions, supporting agribusiness value chains, and joint private- and public- sector action. The Agriculture and Food Global Practice (GP) of the WBG, working closely with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), supports a Global Vision for Food and Agriculture with agriculture able to feed every person, every day, in every country with a safe, nutritious and affordable diet, and where jobs and income gains in the food system are sufficient to meet poverty reduction targets.
The Agriculture and Food GP works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that Agriculture’s outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the Practice and agriculture’s outcomes often directly impact the outcomes other GPs seek to achieve, such as on the environment, jobs and health. Achieving sustainable results also requires active engagement and cooperation with other development agencies and stakeholders. Accordingly, a capacity to work across GP and institutional boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-sectoral and coordinated development solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving agriculture outcomes.
After decades of progress, food security indicators and per capita food availability in West Africa have been deteriorating over the last years. The number of undernourished people has risen from 36.9 million (13.8% of the West African population) in 2005 to 59.4 million people (15.2%) in 2019. The alarming trend reversal is caused by an unprecedented combination of growing food demand, volatile food production and stagnant yields. Complex interactions between climate change, population growth, an eroding natural resource base, as well as an increasing incidence of conflict are fanning these supply- and demand side pressures that underly the observed increase in food insecure people. The ongoing pandemic has further aggravated the food security situation. According to the RPCA (The Food Crisis Prevention Network), 27.1 million people were projected to be food insecure during the lean season of June–August 2021, a new record high.
In response to these complex food security challenges, the African Food Security Leadership Dialogue (AFSLD) has been convened by AUC, AFDB, IFAD, FAO and the WB to catalyze action for building resilient, productive and sustainable food systems. The launch event in Kigali in August 2019 outlined a vision of a more resilient African food system achieved through joint action by partners under the leadership of African institutions, harnessing the power of science and technology through cross-sectoral approaches. Responding to the Kigali call to action, the World Bank is supporting the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) through the Food System Resilience Facility (FSRF) and the Food System Resilience Program (FSRP).
The West Africa Food System Resilience Program (FSRP), a large-scale investment program, aims to enhance food system resilience in West Africa in the short and medium term by financing interventions across three mutually reinforcing components, each led by one regional organization. The three components include i) Digital advisory services for agriculture and food crisis prevention and management, led by CILSS; ii) Sustainability and adaptive capacity of the food system’s productive base, led by CORAF; and iii) Regional food market integration and trade, led by ECOWAS. ECOWAS, which holds the political mandate for defining principles and objectives related to the region’s agriculture and food sector, is leading the overall coordination of the program. With the program being designed as a multiphase programmatic approach (MPA), country accession to FSRP is phased according to country readiness and urgency. The first phase, scheduled to enter effectiveness by early 2022, comprises Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo. The second phase, scheduled to commence in June 2022 will include Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tchad.
The West Africa Food System Resilience Facility (FSRF) informs the preparation and implementation of FSRP including through technical and logistical support. FSRF is a multi-partner technical advisory facility, which is organized around three pillars: (I) Strategy and Partnerships, consisting of support to ECOWAS, CILSS and CORAF in the design of regional flagship initiatives and related partner engagement, (II) Evidence, Analytics and Delivery Mechanisms, consisting of the development of technical, policy and strategy notes to build the evidence base and close knowledge gaps, and (III) Learning and Capacity Building. Under Pillar (I), the first output of FSRF, A Blueprint for Strengthening Food System Resilience: Priority Intervention Areas, was published in May 2021. Capturing clients’ shared understanding of the food system resilience agenda in West Africa, the report’s findings have informed the design of FSRP components. In addition, four policy- and strategy notes are being under FSRF including on i) food insecurity hotspots, fragility, and integrated landscape approaches; ii) a regionally owned trade scorecard to enhance implementation of trade policy; iii) regional risk architecture and financing mechanisms; and iv) digital climate Information and agriculture advisory delivery mechanisms.
Going forward, FSRF will focus on the completion of the policy- and strategy notes mentioned above, additional work on impact evaluation related to FSRP and the execution capacity-building activities to support the program’s key regional organizations. By implementing a set of capacity-building and learning measures targeted to the individual needs of ECOWAS, CILSS and CORAF, FSRF (pillar III) will strengthen the organizations’ operational and technical capacity in support of the successful and effective implementation of regional-level activities planned under the program. In addition, FSRF will carry out additional work on developing a methodology on capturing the impact of FSRP on food insecurity parameters in areas targeted by the program. Last, FSRF will organize virtual, and, permitting the pandemic situation, in-person learning events to share results from FSRF work to ensure knowledge uptake by clients and other stakeholders in the region.
Duties and Accountabilities:-
The primary responsibility of the Analyst will be to contribute to the development and implementation of the Agriculture GP’s work program on regional food system resilience in West Africa, focusing particularly on the Food System Resilience Program (FSRP) as well as on Food System Resilience Facility (FSRF).
The Analyst will report to the Practice Manager in charge of SAWA 4, who is based at World Bank Office in Dakar, Senegal, and work under the daily supervision of the task team leaders (TTLs) of FSRF and FSRP in the delivery of the work program, assurance of quality, interaction with internal and external clients, including the government and private sector, and strategic partnerships.
The specific responsibilities of the analyst will include:
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