Nov 14, 2013, 9:42 AM
among them veterinary and health officials recently gathered at NaNA conference
hall to discuss the draft project proposal titled ‘the Gambia Goat Dairy’.
The forum was organised by Corey Spies and Brianna Parsons from School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in USA in partnership with Sulayman Junkung General Hospital and International Trypanotolerance Centre.
Kebba Badjie, CEO Sulayman Junkung General Hospital, said the project concept is home-grown and it is expected to boost the country in terms of food safety and security.
According to the project summary, Sulayman Junkung General Hospital in Bwiam and the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) identified wasting and stunting due to under-nutrition as a major public health concern in The Gambia.
They also lamented that health centres are often limited in their ability to treat malnutrition due to insufficient funding that hinders medication access.
Given that low protein consumption is a major determinant of under nourishment, a number of Gambian organisations have emphasised the need for accessible, high quality protein.
As a result, the goat dairy project was designed to be implemented through the multilateral involvement of The Gambia government, private business, non-government organisation, non-profit organisations and academic institutions to combat the prevalence of under nutrition in The Gambia.
The GGD project is said to be feasible, sustainable, and profitable.
Mr Olawale Olaniyan, said the initiators of the project have been working with ITC to promote the local breed which are tolerant and resistant to some diseases in The Gambia.
He said the GGD is a good example of international collaboration with local institutions.