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Kuntaur Area Council Community Development Officer speaks

Mar 11, 2011, 11:57 AM | Article By: Abdourahman Sallah

Alieu Mbow, Community Development Officer at the Kuntaur Area Council, has spoken about the numerous development programmes and projects that were successfully implemented in the area in the past year.

The year 2010 was a successful year for his local government area, in terms of sub-projects implementation within the targeted intervention areas, he said.

Mbow made these remarks recently in an interview with this reporter at his office in Central River Region.

He said they had intervened in twenty-one villages and four wards out of the strategic development plan and had not encountered any major problems during the course of the implementation of the sub-projects.

"The sub-projects were in a form of provision of farm tools, sin hoes, seeders, fertilizers, draft animals, and cereal banking, all gears towards alleviating poverty through food security," he said.

He added that towards the successful implementation of the sub-projects, the Community Driven Development Project (CDDP) provided 90% of the funding, while the communities contributed 10% in a form of labour or skilled work.

There is a 3-year strategic development plan developed by the communities and in the plan they have identified priority areas to be implemented, he explained.

"Every targeted community has an envelope of about D300,000 for its sub-projects depending on the village population and its poverty situation," Mr Mbow said.

He stated that the purpose of the projects was to reduce poverty through community

The community development regional offices and their field staff, he noted, conduct regular monitoring in the beneficiary communities to ensure they follow the CDDP procedures by carrying out the activities accordingly.

"Despite that the project has not undergone any survey to measure the current poverty situation of the beneficiary communities, compared to the previous interventions of the project, individual communities have confessed that their "crop productivity has increased" over the period."