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Settlement, Market and Food Security

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Settlement dynamics have been reshaping West Africa’s social and economic geography. These spatial transformations – high urbanisation and economic concentration – favour the development of market-oriented agriculture.

With the population of West Africa set to double by 2050, agricultural production systems will undergo far-reaching transformations. To support these transformations, policies need to be spatially targeted, improve availability of market information and broaden the field of food security to policy domains beyond agriculture. They need to rely on homogeneous and reliable data – not available at present – particularly for key variables such as non-agricultural and agricultural population, marketed production and regional trade.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

Sahel and West Africa Club

The study has been conducted within the framework of the 2011–2012 Programme of Work of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat, in line with the priorities identified by the Club’s West African Members (ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS). This study also contributes to the OECD 2011–2012 Programme of Work. It could not have been completed without the leadership and the scientific contribution of Laurent Bossard, SWAC Secretariat Director.

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