Agric Minister: Gov’t has a clear roadmap to attain zero hunger by 2030

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The minister of Agriculture, Lamin N. Dibba, has affirmed the continuous commitment of the government in eradicating hunger in the country, saying the Ministry of Agriculture and development partners have a clear roadmap towards the attainment of the zero hunger by 2030.

Mr. Dibba was speaking during the commemoration of the World Food Day in Soma, Lower River Region (LRR). The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Our Actions are Our Future a Zero Hunger World by 2030 Is Possible.’  The event also witnessed the celebration of International Day for Rural Women, which was also designed to celebrate and highlight the role of rural women in food production and food security in the country.

According to the minister, the National Development Plan (NDP) calls for  a modern, sustainable and market-oriented agriculture and livestock for increased food and nutrition security, income and employment generation, poverty reduction and economic transformation.

Minister Dibba added that other sub sectoral policies and programmes that are implemented at the grass root level with development partners particularly the FAO are all geared towards the attainment of a home grown self-reliant food and nutrition security.

“Project activities implemented in the region are all taking the value chain approach to ensure the realisation of zero hunger status by 2030.”

The World Food Day, he said, intends to remind every country of its fundamental political commitment to humanity, the eradication of all forms of malnutrition and raise awareness that achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 is still possible.

Wanja Kaariaz, on behalf of FAO and WFP, said world food day is aimed at reminding the international community of its fundamental political commitment to humanity – the eradication of all forms of malnutrition – it also serve as an occasion to celebrate our rural women for their hard work and enduring commitment to the wellbeing of families, communities and to raise awareness that achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 is still possible.

“The Government of The Gambia, WFP, FAO and other development partners, through a number of programmes are supporting the agriculture and natural resource sector and will continue to support attainment of zero hunger and eradication of all forms of malnutrition,” she said.

She called on all to renew commitment and contribution and support towards a sustainable world free from hunger and all form of malnutrition as well as gender inequalities.

Speaking earlier, the regional governor of LRR, Fanta Bojang Samateh Manneh, expressed delight for hosting this year’s World Food Day in her region. She recalled that on 16th of October, 1945, countries acted in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nation and went further to enhance man’s perpetual struggle against hunger and malnutrition.

“The objective of the world food day is to trigger and encourage attention to agricultural food production as well to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this direction.”

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh