Jan 4, 2011, 12:29 PM
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting efforts aimed at strengthening Forest and Farm Producer Organizations in The Gambia for improved livelihoods and sustainable national resources management.
It has just given a D3.6 million to the National Farmers Organisation, and renewed its commitment to supporting other forest and farmer producer organizations in The Gambia.
We would like to applaud the FAO for its timely support to these organisations, as we believe this will contribute to the improved livelihoods and sustainable national resources management of the country, since the intervention is designed to “strengthen smallholder, women, communities and producer organizations for business/livelihoods and policy engagement”.
The support is also expected to increase the capacities of Forest and Farm Producer Organizations on Business development and market linkages, among essential areas of growth for improved Forest and Farm Management.
Furthermore, the capacity building of farmers and members of the Forest and Farm Producer Organizations, including Community Forest Management Committees (CFMCs), in such aspects as project proposal writing and resource mobilization, would help to enhance the knowledge of farmers in the country, and earn them some decent livelihood and by extension systematic growth in the agricultural sector and the national economy.
The FAO has, indeed, been playing key role in keeping the nation’s agricultural sector growing.
We would, therefore, like to applaud them for the timely intervention in the country’s agricultural sector.
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