Consumer Protection Association of The Gambia (CPAG), in partnership with the
Association of Small Scale Enterprises and Traders (ASSET), recently organized
a market event called the “Good Market” at the Jarama Restaurant.
On display at the marketplace were natural local fresh foods, processed foods, natural local body care products and craft products.
Speaking at the event, Matarr John, executive member of CPAG, said that the event forms part of a number of events identified for implementation under the Green Action Fund (GAF - 2017) project, awarded to CPAG and funded by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) through Consumer International (CI).
He said in addition to the good market event, other activities of the project include a seminar on Aflatoxin in collaboration with the University of The Gambia and the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA- Gambia).
The activities also included an AU program in The Gambia; a procession and a training forum in collaboration with Network of Animal Breeders and Multipliers (NABAM) and the Gambia Standards Bureau to train participants on “eggs standards” and also to raise awareness on the nutritional value and benefits of eggs.
The training forum highlighted the relevance of the Green Action Week (GAW), which was the main focus of the project; and celebrated every year during the first week of October to create consumer awareness and advocacy on the need for safe and quality foods.
Mr. John further added that the project as a whole is aimed at promoting safe food in the marketplace to enhance consumer health and safety and the promotion of sustainable consumption.
Hon. Ousman Sillah, National Assembly Member for Banjul North and Chairman of the National Assembly Select Committee on Health, said that Gambia should shift from being producers of primary agricultural produce which has been the case since independence to add value to its produce.
He also stressed the need for the local food processors and industries to be supported by government.
In declaring the seminar open, Dr. Juka Jabang, an executive member of CPAG remarked that the project was very relevant which could have significant impact on the lives of consumers and vendors.
She thanked the vendors for exhibiting their products on the ‘good market’ and called for it to be continued.
Dr. Jabang thanked Consumer International for facilitating the funding and also CPAG’s local partners for their collaboration in the realisation of the objectives of the project.
The Green Action Fund (GAF) is a collaborative project by Consumer International and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation to promote safe and sustainable food in the global south.
The Green Action Fund participants are part of the wider Global Green Action Week (GAW), an International civil society organization campaigning for and promoting sustainable consumption.