May 19, 2011, 3:48 PM
board chairman of Trust for Rural Development (TARUD), Madi Jatta, who doubles
as the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, has hailed the
European Union for their recognition of Gambian children as being part of
global children and developing them.
Mr Jatta made the commendation as TARUD Board chairman while delivering a speech at the national launching of the Bio-fortification project held at the Regional Education directorate region 2 Office in Brikama, West coast Region.
He stressed the importance attached to the project, saying the Bio-fortification project funded by the European Union (EU) through United Purpose focuses on a combination of factors to contribute in reducing high prevalence of malnutrition and stunted growth in children, especially the under-five and lactating mothers.
It was also to reduce household food insecurity as well as improving on the economic levels of local beneficiaries which include a whole range of stakeholders along the value chain.
Mr Jatta gave an overview about how TARUD came into existence and its areas of collaboration with United Purpose formerly known as Concern Universal.
He explained that Trust Agency for Rural Development (TARUD) is a national organisation based in Gunjur West Coast Region and has been in existence since 1990.
The community of Marlborough in the United Kingdom developed a partnership between them and the community of Gunjur called Gunjur link committee.
He disclosed that since then, the organization has been actively pursuing its mandate by undertaking development programs in partnership with the people of Kombo South and beyond.
He indicated that over the years, TARUD struck a partnership with United Purpose, then Concern Universal, which has and continues to build and strengthen the institutional capacity of the organisation as well as providing project support.
He further disclosed that TARUD has benefited in the implementation of various projects such as the excel project, women livelihoods, disaster reliefs, smile A and B and harp projects.
“United Purpose is partnering with TARUD and Fangsoto Market Federation to implement the Bio fortification project in WCR.”
The field staff of TARUD and Fangsoto Market Federation have continued to monitor various developmental stages, strengthened their training and visited T and V, system and provided technical information to farmers.
TARUD and Fangsoto Market Federation have sensitized 36 mother clubs across the region with the involvement of a crop specialist who is covering WCR and LRR, he revealed.
He stated that tremendous achievement/successes have being registered regarding project implementation.
“Working with communities in the nine districts of WCR will definitely improve and enhance the life, heath and condition of children, especially the under-five and mothers,” he said.