FAO launches new project in Gambia

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The United Nation for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Friday organized a press briefing at the FAO building in Fajara.

The purpose of the press briefing was to create awareness to the general public about the project they launched few days ago, titled: Adapting Agriculture to climate change in The Gambia”

Fritjof Boerstler, Technical officer (Natural Resource), said the impacts of climate change was real and it affects everyone, hence FAO has set strategies for climate change measures for the benefit of the people.

“The project will encourage the growing of draught resistant crops since the rainy season recently is less than three months,” he said.

He disclosed that twenty thousand people would be benefiting from the project either directly or indirectly in URR, North Bank and CRR.

Karanta Ceesay, Finance and operation officer at FAO, said the project is a four-year program, adding that the project was funded by FAO and Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the tune of $6.3 million and three regions would be benefitting from it.

Fafanding Fatajo, Project coordinator for Adapting Agriculture to climate change in The Gambia, said the reason why FAO was focusing on URR, CRR and North Bank, was because climate change is affecting vulnerable people in these three regions.

According to Mr. Fatajo, the reason why Gambians stop producing “Findi” (a draught resistant crop) was not because of the cultivation but the low knowledge they have in the processing of the crop.

Author: Fatou B. Cham