Mar 2, 2017, 12:14 PM
Agricultural Land and Water Management Development (Nema) project, on
Wednesday, recognised the efforts of farmers as a way of sharing lessons,
successes and best practices from agriculture sector projects.
The visibility event was highlighted for project achievements and illustrates how the project has contributed to improving the lives and livelihoods of rural populations across the country.
Government of the Gambia through its Ministry of Agriculture, with support from IFAD, AfDB, IDB and other key partners, initiated the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development project Climate Resilience of the National Land and Water Management Development project (CHOSSO), to tackle the most concerning challenges.
Nema Project director, Momodou Gassama said the development goal of the project is to reduce poverty of rural women and youth by increasing incomes from improved productivity base on sustainable land and water management practices.
He said the project reflects the resolve of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Government of The Gambia to continue investing in improving the lives of poor rural people in the country.
Permanent secretary at the ministry of agriculture, Momodou Mbye Jabang said the innovations and good practiced showcased in the visibility day will continue to provide useful lessons and guidance for sustainable rural and agricultural development in the Gambia.
“Through Nema, the Government’s Ministry of Agriculture has adopted a systemic, cost-efficient approach to addressing some of the challenges faced by community vegetable farmers while, at the same, offering them the potential to grow and harvest crops during both the rainy and dry seasons.”
Country director of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Haoua Sienta, said IFAD has developed more than ten projects in the Gambia and reaching more than thousand households in the rural areas.
She said for the upcoming project, they develop country strategic with the government of the Gambia which is mainly targeting youth and climate change because they want farmers to be more resilient to climate change.
The project is worth about $80M and it will be the biggest project in agricultural development in the Gambia and it would run for 6 years, she said.