World Food Day celebrated in North Bank Region

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, other development partners such WFP, civil society organizations and farmer groups recently  joined the rest of the world  in celebrating World Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day celebration. The celebration was  held at Farafenni in the North Bank Region.

The World Food Day is celebrated annually to mark the birth of the establishment of FAO 72 years ago.

The celebration also showcases the achievement made by farmers and to highlight the constraints and gaps as well as to award farmer groups for the success of their job and to encourage them to do better.

This year’s celebration was held to help eradicate youth migration and to encourage youths to venture into the agriculture sector to make the sector attract more investors, which would encourage the Gambian youths to stay and work in The Gambia.

The Chief of Jokadu, Alh Jim Fatima Jobe, said that the annual World Food Day was celebrated to showcase success stories of the farmers.

“I have been in the farming business for more than 30 years but still farmers are poor and we still need to improve the livelihoods of the farmers,” he said.

Farming has two processes the upland and the lowland but the support for farmers was still lacking, he said, adding that the most important thing they want was to have a stable price for their farm products.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh