Britain funds installation of solar powered cold rooms for vegetable vendors in Gambia

GAMBIA – The British government in partnership with Gambia’s Kanifing municipality has launched a project to set up solar powered cold rooms for vegetable preservation in the markets of this city in the west of country. The aim of British funded initiative is to reduce food loss, contribute towards food security in the small West African nation and encourage women to enter the vegetable trade. To this end, several markets in Kafing Municipality will be equipped with solar powered cold rooms- which are more economical to run compared to diesel…

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The Gambia inaugurates fish feed mills and aquaculture facility funded by FAO

THE GAMBIA – The government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, has inaugurated fish feed mills and aquaculture facility worth US$442,000 funded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The project under the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) on ‘Support to Enhancing the Capacity of Youth and Women for Employment in Aquaculture’ is aimed to create new jobs, generate revenue and foreign exchange in the country, reports The Point. According to James F.P. Gomez, Minister for Fisheries, Water Resources and National…

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USDA launches US$38m Regional Cashew Value Chain Project in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing a US$38 million Regional Cashew Value Chain Project in Gambia, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. The project carried out by USDA’s Food For Progress (FFPr) is targeted to run for 6 years to enhance the regional cashew value chain and improve the trade of processed cashews in local and international markets. The project also known as the Linking Infrastructure, Finance and Farms to Cashews (LIFFT-Cashew) was launched on January 29, 2020 in Dakar, Senegal At the launch event, numerous government…

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Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau to benefit from USDA funded Cashew Value Chain

WEST AFRICA – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food For Progress (FFPr) Regional Cashew Value Chain Project is implementing a US$38 million, six-year project in the Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau. USDA says that the project will enhance the regional cashew value chain to improve the trade of processed cashews in local and international markets. Facilitating the processing of cashew nuts within the region will create new jobs and increase incomes. During the launch, the United States was represented by both the U.S. Ambassador to The Gambia, Richard Carlton…

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Islamic Development Bank finances US$26m livestock production project in Gambia

GAMBIA – Gambia’s Ministry of Agriculture has launched a US$26m small ruminant production and enhancement project with financing from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The small ruminant production and enchantment project is a four-year initiative and will be financed through a two-step finance approach focusing on four major areas. According to the Minister of Agriculture Amie Fabureh, “The focus is on enhancing small ruminant development through herd health support mechanism, increasing productivity through genetic improvement and improved feed system, production and marketing management, innovation of portion processing techniques and access…

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Africa’s free trade deal reaches minimum required ratifications for implementation

AFRICA – The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an agreement trade between participating African countries , has received the minimum number of ratification needed to come into effect. This comes after Gambia signed the agreement becoming the 22nd country to ratify the deal hence effectively helping meet the minimum threshold, 12 months after the agreement was tabled in Kigali, Rwanda in March last year. The trade bloc spanning 49 countries with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$3 trillion, will facilitate inter-regional trade, boost growth and help to…

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EU and FAO sign US$13.6m deal to support global food security in Gambia

GAMBIA – The European Union (EU) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), alongside its partner agencies have signed a US$13.60 million deal to support programs designed to address food security as well as rural development. According to The Point, the proceeds will go towards supporting three separate programmes with the first one targeting to empower rural women as key actors in improving nutrition and food security. Another will support global food security governance mechanisms, that is promoting greater involvement by civil society in policy making while the…

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