Jan 28, 2009, 5:50 AM
The visit was part of an annual visit to review the progress and challenges with project beneficiaries, staff and national board members.
The team visited projects sites in Kerr Ngorr solar project and Kerr Alagie Malick cooking stove demonstration in Jokadou, Madina Njugari vegetable gardening, Jaloba cereal banking, Jamali Kebba Jobe orchard and cooking stove using PEKOPE technique.
Solvin Egner Kaupang briefed 4H Gambia National Board Members on the findings of the follow-up visit during a meeting held in Farafenni.
She noted with satisfaction the high level of achievement in the implementation of projects and programmes.
The 4H Secretary General in Norway applauded their counterpart for sound partnership building in the past 26 years, noting that the partnership focused more on revolving fund; micro finance and development fund to improve lives and livelihood of women and youths.
She said youths in both Norway and The Gambia 4H clubs have exchange visit on sustainable forest management and climate change adaptation.
The exchange visit aims at forging closer ties with youths in both Norway and The Gambia to share experiences and transfer skills on youths on sustainable forest management and climate change and by extension boost cultural exchange, she said.
She assured of their fullest support to 4H Gambia in improving social and economic development of the youth.
Marie Stenstadvold, Contact Person of 4H Norway, noted that the visit would strengthen partnership and build and enhance confidence building for partners and beneficiaries.
She said she was satisfied with the national board and staff for their commitment to good governance in promoting grassroots participation and involvement.
Alieu Ceesay, National Director of 4H Gambia, thanked the visiting team from Norway for their support to enhance national development and food security.
He noted that the annual follow-up visit accorded the team opportunity to interact with beneficiary communities and provide technical advice on the effective upkeep of the projects.
He said the establishment of cereal banking for the community at Jalubeh in CRR north had boosted food-security and enhanced livelihood.
The director of 4H Gambia noted that youth clubs are supported with income-generation activities in ram fattening, vegetable gardening, orchard and solar panel to reduce rural urban migration.