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FAO signs MOU with Concern Universal

Nov 19, 2010, 1:29 PM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

The Food and Agriculture Organisation in The Gambia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Concern Universal to support the growth of agriculture and food security in The Gambia.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed between the FAO and Concern Universal offices in The Gambia and Senegal at a ceremony held recently at TANGO conference hall in Kanifing, seeks to bring the two organisations to working closely with each other in supporting the agricultural sector to increase food security and improve living conditions in The Gambia.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Babagana Amadu, FAO country representative, said: "The FAO is a real partner of Concern Universal; the MOU will go a long way in improving agriculture in the country."

The FAO country office is willing to work closely with Concern Universal to improve agriculture in The Gambia, Dr Amadu says, adding that his organisation's relationship with Concern Universal would go from strength to strength for the benefit of the two parties and The Gambia.

For her part, Patricia Wall, Concern Universal country director, says Concern Universal is an international development and humanitarian non-government organisation established in 1976 in the United Kingdom (UK).

In the MOU, the two organisations have pledged to create an environment conductive for each other's full participation in agricultural programmes, particularly in areas where they have expertise and common interests.

They have also pledged to meet regularly to review strategic issues and implement those of particular interests to both.