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ACTIVISTA intensifies campaign on food right nationwide

Mar 17, 2014, 10:03 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

Nfamara Jarjue, acting-National Coordinator of ACTIVISTA, a youth network on food right campaign, initiated by Action Aid International The Gambia, has underscored the importance the organization attaches to food right campaign and sustainable livelihood.

Jarjue was speaking recently in Kerewan, North Bank Region, as part of food right campaign caravan on the theme: “Right to food is right to life” Sat a meeting with regional authorities and farmers.

He noted that the campaign aims at raising more public awareness on the significance of intensifying food production and by extension lobby for stakeholders to support women farmers to own and control farmland.

He said to reduce world hunger and poverty, it was vital that smallholder farmers and other marginalized farmer groups are given the required support in the form of farm inputs and implement to boost production.

He thanked the US Embassy small grant on Democracy and Human Right Fund for the support.

Alpha Khan, vice chairperson of Kerewan Area Council, spoke of council’s readiness to support the campaign on food security and call on taxpayers for timely payment of rate and taxes.

Batch Samba Njie of agric directorate and Sheriffo Mboge, regional chairperson, both said capacity development of youths and women on best farm practices and advocate for adoption of technology would greatly enhance food production and poverty reduction.