Edrissa Njie, Executive Director of the Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN),
has stated that young people are the most precious resources for the local
Njie was speaking at the launch of a two-year agricultural value chain interactive platform, held at the NEMA head office in Abuko yesterday.
Njie stated that the project was set to reduce poverty of the rural women and the youth, with the objective of increasing incomes from improved productivity, based on sustainable land and water management.
He further stated that GYIN is an international youth network, supported by the Rome based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency.
Njie revealed that The Gambia chapter of GYIN has a vision of an enabling space where young people in the country could channel their creativity, potentials and vibrancies in transforming their communities, through self-sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities that aim to provide the next generation with a decent living.
Mr Njie further revealed that GYIN Gambia has since its inception in 2012, focused on rural development, thus capitalizing on global and national spirit of young women and men to overcome poverty and build a healthy society for the Gambian community.
He said that GYIN has participated fully in the design of the Nema project and is a nominated member of the project steering committee, noting that it has also collaborated with the project in the implementation of the entrepreneurship component of the Nema project.
Noting that today many rural communities are losing their young ones, because of few available incentives, Mr Njie applauded Nema project for approving their two-year youth project.
Njie also hailed the West Africa Rural Foundation for the trust and confidence bestowed in them, saying GYIN Gambia strives to partner and implement youth projects for rural youth.
‘’For Ministry of Agriculture and CPCU, we say a big thank-you for your effective participation in youth programmes, as well as National Youth Council and all our affiliate Community-Based Organisations,’’ Njie declared.