(Friday, 29th September 2017 Issue)
The Gambia Government is making efforts to invest in all areas, including water and sanitation, education, health and economic empowerment. It is also working at providing appropriate labour saving devices to reduce drudgery and workload of women as well as other inputs, in order to build the resilience of households.
The Vice-President, Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang, recently made these remarks at the launch of 4.4 million Euro Food Fortification project, funded by the European Union on improving food security and nutrition in The Gambia, through food fortification, coordinated by the National Nutrition Agency, FAO and other stakeholders.
The main objective of the project was to improve micro-nutrient intake and health outcomes of vulnerable women and children in The Gambia, especially in the North Bank Region and CRR North.
The Vice-President added that the Government was committed and would continue to be committed to ensuring food and nutrition security for the Gambian populace. “Nutrition is not a single sectorial issue, but rather a crosscutting one,” she said, adding that it has led the Government of The Gambia to recognise nutrition as an important pillar of national development.
“The National Nutrition Agency under her office was charged with the responsibility for better coordinating nutrition and nutrition related programmes across sectors in the country, said the Vice-President.
According to the Vice-President, the project would integrate nutrition education as a key strategy to strengthen nutrition outcomes and would strengthen public and private sector capacities, improve public- private partnership and advance the reinforcement of regulatory systems on food fortification in The Gambia.
She said the intervention would ensure that at least 65% of the Gambian population has access to increase awareness and fortified staple foods.
Also speaking at the occasion, the FAO country representation, Dr Perpetual Katepa Kalala, said that the Food Fortification project aims at improving the food and nutrition security of vulnerable women and children in The Gambia, with the specific objective of focusing on ensuring access to and consumption of micro-nutrient rich foods, industrially-fortified, as well as bio-fortified with cohesive strategies for promoting better nutrition outcomes.