Food security in West Africa. A conference-debate and an exhibition.
The SAOATI exhibition on the issues of food security in West Africa.

On 16 October 2018, on the occasion of World Food Day, the Nutriset Group organized in Rouen, as part of its "Derrière la Porte" program, a panel discussion on the issues of food security in West Africa.

This event was the occasion of the presentation of the results of an academic research, fruit of a partnership between the Nutriset Group, the Institut de Recherche et de Développement (IRD) and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne via the UMR Développement et Sociétés: the program SAOATI (for Sécurisation Alimentaire : Objet, Acteurs et Trajectoires d’Innovation) on food "securization": object, actors and innovation trajectories.

The evening, which gathered a hundred participants, allowed for dialogue with researchers and field operators around three themes.

• Crises and nutritional emergencies
How to deal with the multiplication of crises and new humanitarian challenges?
With Pierre Janin, Geographer at the IRD and Jean-Hervé Bradol, Doctor, former President of Médecins sans Frontières

• Food sectors and nutritional security
How to be more efficient, in countries of the South, for a better food supply and the guarantee of food and nutritional security?
With Alexis Roy, Anthropologist at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and Guénaël Le Guilloux, Director of the Association pour le développement à l’international des filières oléo-protéagineuses (Agropol)
• Food processing and sustainable food systems
What are the challenges and constraints of local food processors, faced with changes in eating habits?
With Roberta Rubino, Associate Anthropologist at UMR Développement et Sociétés and Martine François, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Program Manager at GRET.

An exhibition, coordinated by Raphaëlle Héron, focal person of the SAOATI program, summarizing the issues of food safety, security and satisfaction in the case of Burkina Faso, was presented and will travel to the different sites of the Nutriset Group.

To learn more, read the SAOATI blog: