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Sep 23, 2013, 10:52 AM
Rural Development Organisation (RDO), a community-based organisation in Farafenni, recently engaged communities in Upper Badibou, North Bank, on ways to enhance agro-forestry.
The four-day forum on agro-forestry practices was supported by the Food and Agricultural Organisation through the Forest and Farm Facility.
Held at Chamen Upper Badibou, the convergence was attended by 30 farmers drawn from four communities in Upper Badibou.
Speaking on the occasion, Jamu Ceesay, chief executive officer of RDO, said the forum was aimed at mitigating and building community resilience to combating the effects of climate change.
She said the training would contribute to advocate for behaviour change on the management of forest resources and cover to enhance food production.
Jalamang Sanyang, forestry officer in Farafenni, commended the RDO for complementing the Department of Forestry on the restoration of lost forest cover.
“The practice of agro forestry would contribute immensely to food diversification and sustainable development,” he said.
Ali Njie, district agriculture extension supervisor for Farafenni, noted that the agro-forestry practice would control water and soil erosion.
He noted that land degradation contribute to low yield and by extension to food insecurity.
Mr Njie called on farmers to practise inclusive agriculture to enhance food production and productivity.
The agriculture supervisor pointed out that the restoration of forest cover would contribute to the attainment of national food self-sufficiency.
The beneficiary farmers applauded RDO for their continued support to the realisation of food self-sufficiency and environment protection.
The training was centred on such topics as agro-forestry, benefits derived from agro-forestry dangers.