Jan 28, 2009, 4:50 AM
30 March 2015)
The North Bank Regional authorities Monday held consultative forum with officials of a Belgian NGO which is currently supporting Njawara Agricultural Training Centre (NATC) and Agency for the Development of Women and Children (ADWAC) in the implementation of Solidarity for Agriculture (SOLIDAGRO) on context analysis with stakeholders.
The forum was aimed at discussing with partners, institutions and district chiefs on the need for developing plans for 2017 to 2027.
The active involvement of civil society organization (CSOs) is crucial in complementing the government’s drive to attaining food self-sufficiency and poverty reduction.
The meeting was part of preparatory stage to help develop strategies on how to address the priority needs of government to enhance poverty reduction, and effective coordination of donor-funded projects.
Patrick de Buck of Belgium expressed the need for a positive impact on aid effectiveness on the lives of the people to meet international standards.
He said the information generated would help to inform the Belgian NGO on the level of partnership with the Gambian NGO.
NBR Governor Lamin Queen Jammeh thanked the donor for the visit, noting that it would give him the opportunity to see and hear from Gambians on the priority needs of the people to improve their lives.
He said the government attaches great important to the maintenance of peace and stability, so as to attract direct investment and donor support to promote the national development agenda.
Chiefs Jimfatma Jobe of Jokadou, Ebrima Ansu Tamba Jammeh of Upper Badibou, Fabala Fadia Kinteh of Lower Badibou, Ebrima Chatty Cham of Upper Nuimi and Saite Gaye of Sabach Sanjal districts, all gave assurance of their support to ADWAC and NATC.
The chiefs noted that they have contributed immensely to uplifting the living standard of farmers on food security, environmental protection, water and sanitation and livelihood development.
Members of the regional technical advisory committee also gave assurance of their continued partnership with ADWAC and NATC, toward the realization of attaining the development aspirations of intended beneficiaries.
Mam Samba Joof, Executive Director of ADWAC and Mama Manneh of NATC, both expressed delight about the high level of partnership in the implementation of the Solidarity for Agriculture SOLIDAGRO project, with funding from the Belgian NGO.
The officials said the support to farmers has increase production and productivity.