minister of Health and Social Welfare has underscored government’s continued
commitment to the attainment of optimal health and nutrition for the populace.
Saffie Lowe-Ceesay was speaking recently during the launch of the project: ‘‘Improving Food Security and Nutrition in The Gambia through Food Fortification’’ being implemented by FAO and partners that is worth 5.5million Euros. This project supports the establishment of the National Alliance for Food Fortification (NAFF).
The four-year project being implemented in the West Coast, North Bank and Central River Regions, aims to improve nutrition and health outcomes of vulnerable women and children in The Gambia through food fortification.
She emphasized that being aware of the fact that food security does not directly translate into improved nutritional status, though a pre-requisite, the government is making efforts to invest in all areas including water, sanitation, education, economic empowerment as well as providing appropriate labour-saving devices to reduce drudgery and workload of women and other inputs to build the resilience of the households.
The government of The Gambia, she went on, remains committed to ensuring that food and nutrition security for Gambian population.
“Cognizant of the fact that nutrition is not only a single sectoral issue, but rather a cross-cutting one, has led the government of The Gambia to recognise the nutrition as an important pillar of the national development and food and nutrition security” she stated.