Nov 4, 2009, 4:10 PM
We look forward to excellent results in the coming years from the Food for Progress Initiative which has been launched recently. The project is a collaboration between the American Embassy in The Gambia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (USDAIFAS), the GOTG's Department of State for Agriculture, and Department of State for Forestry and The Environment. The initiative designed to improve the income gained from the production and processing of cashew in The Gambia River Basin. This is extremely welcome and with proper management could yield excellent results. The best aspect of the project is that it will be beneficial at the grass roots level, empowering farmers and helping them to help themselves. This is certainly the kind of project that will set us very much further along the road to attaining food self-sufficiency.
We are not the only nation to benefit from this project. Given the high potential for cashews in the sub-region, the program will work with farmer's organizations, processors, and traders in the Casamance region of
The goal of The Gambia River Basin Cashew Value Chain Enhancement Project (
The benefits of
Well done to all those involved in the establishment and financial support of this project. We pray it will be a resounding success and improve the live not only of Gambians but of our neighbours in the sub-region as well.
"It is not to live but be healthy that makes a life."