‘Barrow gov’t committed to addressing malnutrition, food insecurity’

Sep 2, 2020, 11:39 AM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Dr. Isatou Touray, the vice president of The Gambia has reaffirmed the government of The Gambia is commitment to addressing malnutrition, social protection issues, and poverty and food insecurity.

“The Office of the Vice President will continue to advocate for the inclusion of financial support to nutrition and social protection interventions in the country, having realised that if under nutrition, poverty and vulnerability are left unaddressed, the realisation of our NDP goals would be compromised,” she said yesterday during the launching of the Nafa Quick Cash Transfer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank on behalf of the Government of The Gambia under the leadership of H.E. Adama Barrow, the World Bank, UN Agencies and other development partners for complementing government’s efforts in providing the much needed Social Safety Net to our extreme poor and vulnerable populations. I would also like to express my profound appreciation for the commitment shown by all government sectors involved in the designing and Operationalisation of the NAFA Quick.”

“I strongly believe that together we can end poverty through achieving Zero Hunger, preventing and even eliminating child undernutrition in our lifetime.”

“A tailored Social and Behavioural Change Communication programme will provide information to beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries to encourage investments in human capital (especially maternal and child health and nutrition, education, adolescence and family planning, parenting and gender-based violence) and productive capital (especially savings, entrepreneurship and agriculture) to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.”

The programme, she added, will also make referrals to other services and productive opportunities in the neighbourhood. “With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stringent measures put in place by the Government, to prevent and contain the virus, as well as to mitigate its impact on food and nutrition security, the Nafa Program was restructured to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 through a 'Nafa Quick'.”