May 11, 2020, 1:23 PM
Tourism and Culture Minister Hamat N.K Bah, last Wednesday launched the UNESCO Resiliart Teleconference Project.
The European Union’s RIEC project has temporarily shifted its focus from agricultural infrastructure that promotes products for the tourism and export markets, to short-term infrastructure projects that promote in-country food self-sufficiency.
In a release sent to The Point, it stated that in addition to the rehabilitation of 10 solar-power irrigated gardens, the RIEC has now targeted the rapid improvement of 20 large traditional gardens in the North Bank and Central River regions, adding that these traditional gardens can provide large quantities of nutritionally diverse products to feed the local population. Both the production and the productivity of these gardens can be quickly increased.
“The project is using a Cash for Work system that pays local youth and returnees to erect permanent fencing around garden perimeters and protect the crops from roaming animals. The project presently employs 180 workers at six different sites and will soon be opening another dozen sites.”
“The payments provide a welcome infusion of cash into the local economy, increasing resilience by creating a buffer against the current hard times. The project is also collaborating with the EU-funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to experiment with lining hand-dug wells with Aircrete, a low-cost, easily installed alternative to concrete that will prevent the wells from collapsing.”
The European Union Ambassador to The Gambia, H.E. Attila Lajos said that the European Union’s response to covid-19 is multidimensional and Gambians can count on their support over the long term.
“We appreciate how RIEC has increased its direct engagement with rural women and youths following the outbreak of the pandemic,” he said.
RIEC is a three-year, 388 million Dalasis (7 million Euros) project, which is part of the larger flagship Tekki Fii programme. The project is tasked with helping to construct the rural infrastructure necessary to create sustainable agricultural value chains.
The Tekki Fii programme is designed to provide better opportunities for youth employment in the Gambia. Enabel works closely with its program partners IMVF, GIZ, and ITC/YEP which provide training, grants and activities that promote entrepreneurship and foster social cohesion among young Gambians. All projects of the Tekki Fii programme are funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
Friends of West Africa Group (FOWAG)-The Gambia, a charitable organisation based in the United States of America has recently donated over three hundred bags of rice and cash to the communities of Bijilo and Kerr Sering.
Diplomatic status for Africa Export –Import Bank was confirmed by National Assembly on Monday 22 June 2020.
In a bid to ameliorate the living conditions of people in need, China Aid Road and Bridges Project team recently donated 30 bags of rice and 320 liters of hand sanitizers to local communities in the Upper River Region (URR).
Martina's Foundation, a registered charity in The Gambia on Monday extended benevolence to Brikama District hospital with the presentation of items to maternity and outpatient units of the hospital.
Dear Friends in The Gambia,
This year, the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 25. We’d like to extend our sincere festival greetings to the brothers and sisters here in the Gambia, and share the festival stories with you.