Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with NEMA Project recently launched
The Gambia Sustainable Land Management Investment Framework (GAMSIF) – a
programme designed to improving land management and agricultural productivity
and natural resources based on livelihoods and mainstreaming natural resource
management in the development framework of The Gambia.
The Gambia Sustainable Land Management Investment Framework (GAMSIF) is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture under the NEMA Project with funding from NEPAD through the Terr Africa Project.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Adama Ngum Njie, while delivering the opening remarks said current level of land degradation has significant economic lost for the country, with coastal erosion alone being estimated to cause an annual loss 323,000 to 492,000 tonnes of soil per year.
“Soil and land management projects have demonstrated the potential contribution of sustained improved land use and management to poverty reduction, enhancement of livelihoods and national development,” she said. “The government has recognised that it cannot alone bear the burden of implementing soil and land management activities nationwide. There is need for coordinated national and international investment efforts and funding mechanism to support the activities for land management countrywide.”
Rodu Makunike from NEPAD, the project coordinator for Terr Africa said implementing the investment plan will require ensuring the necessary enabling environment, capacities, services and partnerships that will guarantee consistencies in programme design and implementation as well as alignment of existing programmes and financing mechanisms to future development efforts in The Gambia in a more systematic and sustainable way.
According to her, The GAMSIF will serve as an instrument that clearly directs efforts in addressing the identified priorities in achieving the growth objectives and targets that the country sets for itself. It is our expectation that all stakeholders and partners will continue to engage and support the implementation of this framework.
“ We would like to reassure our partners that while we seek their support, we as Africans are not sitting back waiting for change to come through the door, but are springing up eagerly to open the door for change and taking the first step towards realisation of our goals and aspirations,” she said.
Mbye Jabang, the project coordinator at CPCU said that this programme came at the right time when the Ministry of Agriculture is revising the second phase of the GNAIP a regional agricultural investment plan, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance are working on an advocacy mission for the national development plan which is geared towards implementing our agricultural programmes.