UNDP, NEA donate labour-saving devices to local collaborators communities

Monday, December 04, 2017

Three collaborating local communities from rural Gambia have recently benefitted from their partners with the donation of assorted labour-saving devices and machines in their drive to offload labour intensity on local village women and men in search for sustainable livelihood.

The items; three power-tillers, three milling machines and three threshing machines were donated to the communities of Dasilameh and Illiasa villages in the North Bank Region and Tendaba village in the Lower River Region.

In presenting the materials, the Executive Director of The National Environment Agency (NEA), Momodou Jaama Suwareh, disclosed that his agency was implementing the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Development Funds (LCDF) Project entitled: “Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas and Communities to Climate Change in The Gambia”.

The objective of the project, according to Momodou Jaama Suwareh, was to reduce Gambia’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and associated impacts of climate change by improving coastal defenses and enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities.

 The project is for four years duration and is devised to enhance resilience of vulnerable coastal areas and communities to climate change. The alternative livelihood component is striving to ease Climate stress in the affected local coastal communities whose farmlands and rice fields are affected by the phenomenon of Climate Change.

According to the NEA boss, these machines would help the beneficiaries in their diverse farming activities from cultivation to harvesting, and would help reduce post-harvest losses, reduce labour intensity, increase production and support their sustainable livelihood support chain.

Furthermore, he revealed that youths from the benefitting communities were also selected and trained to operate and carry routine maintenance of the power tillers, milling and threshing machines.

Receiving the items on behalf of their respective communities, Mammy Sanyang of Tendaba, Kaka Fofana, VDC Chairman from Dasilameh and Alh. Ebrima Jammeh of Badibou Illiasa villages, all thanked their sponsors for a benevolent gesture and further assured the project that all the donated materials and equipment would be jealously protected and guarded and would be used for the purpose for which they were donated.

 They described the gesture as a dream come true; therefore all means would be applied to see the sustainable implementation of the project.

Author: Yai Dibba