MOA convenes harmonised assessment forum to scale risk on crop failure

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Agriculture Ministry’s department of planning in collaboration with CILLS, WFP and FAO recently conducted a joint identification risk forum to assess and identify nutritional situation of the country and develop a reference tool which will help countries to estimate the risk and severity of food and nutrition.

Jerro Manneh, Director of Planning at the ministry of agriculture said, the forum will help identify risk areas, the population under the risk of food and nutrition which estimates population severity of food and nutrition insecurity in the country. “It will also produce consensual communication template, food and nutrition insecurity in the country.”

According to him, findings from the forum will be presented at a regional forum to consolidate national analysis for the production. This annual exercise assesses crop protection, pastoral situation, forecast seasonal cereal and cash crop production.

Mr. Manneh explained that pre-harvest was much earlier, which preceded by a rapid assessment in August. “Already, the outcome from both have been confirmed, warning signals about the poor performance of cropping season which triggered the declaration of a crop failure from the higher office.”

He said this year November assessment is a delicate exercise which requires everyone to provide the most accurate and up to date report from their respective domains.

Ebrima Sankareh, senior principal officer at MOA said finalization of the document will assist the government to identify risk areas, improve and better prepare for any food crises in the affected communities.

Martial Sey Traore, head of food security and market division at CILLS said outcome of the survey will be used as evidence to response to food crisis. 

Author: Fatou Dem