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FAO marks the launch of the UN’s decade of Action 2020-2030 and UN75 with a handover ceremony of equipment to various departments and institutions under the Ministry of Agriculture.

Jan 23, 2020, 1:26 PM

The Decade of Action calls on governments, businesses, civil society and individuals everywhere to create an unstoppable force to reach the Goals by 2030. Let’s mobilize everyone, everywhere to take action—individually and collectively, locally and globally.

Today FAO takes action and marks the official global launch of the United Nations ‘Decade of Action 2020-2030’ with a handover ceremony of equipment to Implementing Partners under the Ministry of Agriculture. The celebration of the events will take place on FAO’s premises in Fajara, and will be attended by dignitaries and high level representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the EU Ambassador in the Gambia, Attila Lajos and many others. The event will be hosted by the FAO Representative (FAOR), Moshibudi Rampedi, who will be the main speaker on this important day.

The FAO project “Agriculture for Economic Growth” (project code: /GAM/040/EC) is funded by the European Union (EU), and in 2019 it procured a consignment that will be delivered during the event to mark the launch of the Decade of Action. The equipment consists:

1. 30 Yamaha motorbikes to support mobility of field extension workers.

2. One Atomic Absorption Spectrophomecters for NARI’s Soil Lab whose experts will use the technology to test soils.

3. Office Equipment, among others cameras and computers,

The equipment will be handed over to the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), National Seed Secreteriat, Department of Livestock, Pest Protective Services and National Livestock Owners Association.

Objective: The equipment is intended to strengthen capacities of Government institutions under the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to provide effective research and agricultural extension services to the farming population to boost agriculture sector production and productivity. With this action, FAO joins the UN and sister agencies in the international launch of the Decade of Action.

Project information: The EU funded projects’ overall objective is to contribute to the growth in the agricultural sector, to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition, to reduce unemployment and to mitigate migration flow of the youths to Europe. The project recognizes that the poor and vulnerable such as smallholder farmers and youths require additional support to benefit from the broader economy and enable them integrate the new agricultural vision that has a better and broader market outlook.

Event speakers are scheduled to include:

•           FAO Representative, Moshibudi Rampedi

•           EU Ambassador, Attila Lajos

•           Minister of Agriculture, Amie Fabureh