Système d’information agricole de l’Afrique de l’Ouest



As part of the monitoring of ECOAGRIS stocks and markets, three (3) main activities have been scheduled for this first year 2015.
Activity 2.1.1: Establish a baseline situation for the different types of stocks at the start of the project.
This activity involves the establishment of a baseline situation for the different types of stocks: traders stocks, institutional stocks and proximity stocks.
Regarding trader and institutional stocks, it is planned to do:

  • A mapping of the main stocks of grain traders for the 17 countries of the CILSS/ECOWAS area to serve as a baseline for the monitoring of stocks at the start of the ECOAGRIS project;
  • A mapping of all institutional stocks in the 17 countries.
    Service contracts were signed with the MISs of six (6) countries that are Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. Studies are in progress. The first payments for these six (6) countries have already been made during the month of December 2015.

The major difficulty experienced in carrying out this activity was the unavailability of national MIS responsible during the last quarter due to an overload of work at this time of the year.
Concerning local stocks, the AGRHYMET Regional Centre works with the OXFAM Intermon NGO which is experienced in monitoring and implementing proximity stocks, as provided in the project document. The NGO already covers ten (10) out of 17 countries in the CILSS/ ECOWAS area. A first working meeting will be held with the OXFAM NGO to lay the foundations for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The exchanges were undertaken with the Oxfam NGO during the month of August 2015 through ToRs designed in collaboration with the ECOWAS Info Stock Unit. A first proposal made by the Oxfam NGO was well beyond the budget line allocated to this activity. Negotiations are ongoing to find an appropriate solution for this activity of monitoring proximity stocks.
Activity 2.1.2: Develop an appropriate stock monitoring methodology (proximity stocks, private stocks, national security stocks)
A protocol of collaboration is being signed between RESIMAO and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre for the elaboration of a harmonized stock monitoring methodology based on the studies in progress in each country.

  • Carrying out studies on institutional and traders stocks with a view to establishing a baseline situation for the different types of stocks following the signing of the service contracts with the MISs of seven (7) countries including Benin, Burkina Faso , Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo;
  • a memorandum of understanding is signed with OXFAM Intermon to have a study document on the development of a harmonized methodology for proximity stocks monitoring;
  • a protocol was signed with RESIMAO to develop an appropriate methodology for monitoring traders stock and the seven (7) countries that have already developed their baseline situation benefited from a first amount of catalytic support for the operation of MIS;
  • Joint market assessment missions were conducted in 15 CILSS / ECOWAS countries in 2016 to strengthen the periodic monitoring of stocks through a regional inventory monitoring unit under RESOGEST.


Establishment of a baseline situation for traders, institutional and community stocks in the CILSS/ECOWAS area (Download)

  • Joint Assessment Mission for Markets and Food Security in the Sahel and West Africa (Download);
  • Study on the establishment of the baseline situation for traders, institutional and community stocks in the ECOWAS / CILSS area: case of Senegal (Download);
  • Evaluation of institutional and community trade stocks in Togo (Download)

Establish a baseline situation for the different types of stocks at the start of the project.

From 2016 to 2017, national information system managers from nine (9) countries were able to establish a baseline situation for monitoring traders stocks in their respective countries. These are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria (16 states), Senegal, Togo. Some countries, such as Cape Verde, Mali and Liberia, already monitor stocks either at the producer level or at the level of major importers. Below the synthetic table:

Tableau stock

  • Ten (10) MIS from countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Togo, Senegal, Chad, Nigeria, Guinea benefit from a direct catalytic support for the monitoring of traders stocks;
  • 15 MIS from Cape Verde and Liberia, have benefited from a catalytic support for carrying out market assessment and food security missions;
  • Two catalytic supports have already been made for the RESOGEST, one for carrying out a study on the regulation texts of the RESOGEST and the other on the funding of a consultation and review meeting as for the juridical and regulatory texts of the RESOGEST; (Download)
  • A regional workshop is held in July 2017 to review all the methodologies proposed by the entire information systems of the following countries:
    Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Togo, Senegal, Chad, Nigeria, and Guinea. The aim is to develop a harmonized methodology for monitoring traders’ stocks that also serve as a working basis for other MIS (which will by the way join the dynamic);
  • Summary Report of joint assessment mission of Food Security and Market, Eastern basin (Download);
  • Joint Market and Food Security Assessment Mission in the CILSS and ECOWAS Countries: West Basin (Download);
  • Joint assessment mission for market and Food Security in the CILSS and ECOWAS Countries: Central Basin (Download);

As part of the implementation of a regional stock monitoring system under the ECOAGRIS project, of the five (5) support missions planned, only the support mission to Guinea Bissau was carried out. This allowed an effective contact to be made with the (Market Information System) SIM team to highlight the difficulties facing the SIM, and to assist them in setting up their national market and inventory monitoring system. To date, Guinea Bissau’s SIM is functional and stock data is regularly collected in seven (7) markets across the country. Other countries, including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia and Mauritania, have yet to start collecting stock data despite the catalytic support already provided to these countries due to some internal institutional difficulties.

Second workshop to harmonize the methodology for monitoring commercial, private and community stocks in West Africa was held at the Hotel “Rose Blanche” in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire from July 18 to 20, 2018. About thirty participants attended this workshop, including all the heads of Information Systems on National Markets of the seventeen (17) countries of the CILSS/ECOWAS area, CILSS experts, heads of professional organizations (ROAC), RESIMAO and technical and financial partners: WFP, FEWS NET, ARAA/ECOWAS and OXFAM.

The objective of this second meeting was to share the experience of the year of monitoring trade stocks. This has permitted to improve the collection sheets and harmonize the monitoring of stocks of imported products and institutional stocks in the countries on the one hand and to make proposals for taking into account local stocks on the other hand.

As part of the support to the revitalization of the SIM, CILSS through the ECOAGRIS project to financially support thirteen (13) agricultural SIMs, one (1) livestock SIM and RESIMAO. This support has permitted to strengthen these SIMs through the collection of data on trade stocks, the updating of the database on livestock markets in Burkina Faso and the operation of RESIMAO.