Kerewan Women rejoices over new garden project

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Women of Nyakoi Kerewan in Upper River Region’s Wuli West District have celebrated the commissioning of a new garden project which was funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Program for their Association and implemented in partnership with Beakanyang.

Speaking at the commissioning, regional forestry director Sisawo Sabally congratulated the community for the opportunity given to them. “I’m delighted to see the development of this garden. We have what we call agroforestry that is the growing of vegetables and cultivation of trees,” he said.

Mr. Sabally, who was deputising for the region’s governor at the event commended all those who supported in the realisation of the livelihood improvement project, urging the beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities provided in the garden and make the best use of the opportunity.

He further challenged them to ensure protecting the place from bush fires, while hailing development partners in the region for complementing government efforts.

Naba Jabby, a member of the Women Association said the project has helped them with two concrete line wells fitted with solar and overhead tanks. “We are happy that the garden is also being fenced with chain-link wires, provided water storage facilities and garden inputs and we were also trained on compost making among others,” she said.

She thanked GEF, Beakanyang and other partners for alleviating their suffering while promising that they would make best use of the new garden.

Deputy regional agriculture director Sanna Giana said such interventions would greatly help in attaining food security in the country.

Executive Director of Beakanyang Nfamara Jawneh, reiterated his organisation’s resolve in working closely with women and youth across the country to enhance national development. “I’m pleased that we have been working with the women of Kerewan during the past 12 months to ensure the successful implementation of this important project,” he added.

According to him, the project seeks to build capacity of women to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change as well as to promote food security in the community.

He lamented that flooding, drought, rainstorm, rise in sea level and unpredictable rainfall patterns resulting in poor harvest are some of the impact of climate change, saying “Climate change is now affecting agriculture, the wildlife and ecosystem which calls for concerted efforts to adapt,” he stressed.