#National News

UP launches cake, OFSP and pearl-millet breads

Oct 1, 2020, 1:13 PM | Article By: Sana Jallow

United Purpose (UP) formerly Concern Universal in collaboration with King Bakers recently launched the orange flesh sweet potato bread and cake as well as the bio-fortified pearl millet bread for the first time in The Gambia.

The official launch held at UP’s office was presided over by the Executive Director National Nutrients Agency (NANA) Pa Modou Phaal. 

Giving an overview of the project, Ousman Jammeh, project manager, thanked the European Union for funding the project.

According to him, the bio-fortification project locally referred to as ‘Baluu Timmaring Ngo’ is a four-year project with funding from European Union.

Jammeh hinted that the total project cost is $2.6 million being implemented by United Purpose.

“The United Purpose is implementing the project through 6 national NGOs and 4 marketing federations. The overall objectives of the “is to reduce under nutrition and poverty of vulnerable population especially women and children in The Gambia by strengthening sustainable access to consumption of fortified foods”.

Jammeh observed that lack of food and knowledge on nutrition is a challenge particularly for mothers, which he said, results into critical deficiencies for children.

Malnutrition, he observed, is a problem throughout the country, but varies between different local government areas.

“In term of micro-nutrients deficiencies, the result of the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey showed that iron deficiencies anemia is present in 72.8% of children under five and in 60.3% of women of childbearing age” he added.

Jammeh went on to state that women living in rural areas are more likely to be underweight 20 % than those in urban areas 14%.

However, he cited that low levels of nutrition in women aggravate the deteriorating status of nutrition and health amongst children.

Pa Modou Phaal, executive director of the National Nutrient Agency (NANa) expressed impression with the success of the project.

Read Other Articles In National News
Sawaibatou Bah
Swallow set sight on TAKE-M national spelling bee title
Feb 10, 2021, 1:48 PM

Coordinator at The Swallow Centre for Emancipating Education in Manjai Kunda has spoke of her institution’s resolve to win this year’s TAKE-M Transformation Organisation’s national lower basic school spelling bee contest.

Credit Union
Credit union managers, volunteers end confab
Jun 22, 2021, 3:03 PM

At least 130 participants drawn from The Gambia Credit Union managers and volunteers on Saturday wrapped up a three-day forum meant to discuss the way forward in strengthening credit unions in the country.

City Link Ostend Banjul
City Link Ostend-Banjul unveils €3M project in Banjul
Sep 1, 2020, 1:36 PM

As part of the European Union project, City Link Ostend-Banjul team last Wednesday disclosed a project worth €3M which will see planting of 5000 coconut trees along the Banjul coastline.

cooking stoves
Petroleum Ministry, UNIDO distribute cooking stoves in Banjul
Jan 21, 2021, 12:24 PM

The Ministry of Petroleum in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on Wednesday distributed cooking stoves to the people of Banjul at a ceremony held at the Arch 22.