A workshop on social safety nets for food security and nutrition in West Africa is taking place here this week to enable delegates from participating countries to build their capacities on food security measures.

The four-day “Training of Trainers Workshop for Potential Projects Backers on Social Safety Nets for Food Security and Nutrition in West Africa” will enable national actors in member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reach a common understanding of the concept of social safety nets.

The workshop will also train potential project backers on the instruments commonly used in the design and implementation of social safety net projects as well as allow national actors of ECOWAS member states to formulate and implement projects of social safety nets.

Thirty delegates made up of potential project backers, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), food producer organizations, and state actors from 15 ECOWAS countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are participating.

It is expected that at the end of the training, the concept of social safety nets would be understood by all while the instruments of social safety nets, the conditions for their use; as well as a network of national actors would be established for the capitalization of projects on social safety net programmes.

Participants are also expected to contribute to the validation of the study entitled: “Support for the design of a regional framework of exchange on social safety nets in West Africa”.