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Gambia’s Agriculture Gets AFDB $26.6 M Boost

gambia farmers(APO) – The African Development Bank Group and The Gambia, on May 28, 2013 in Marrakech, signed a USD 26.6 million protocol agreement to boost the agricultural production and food security in the country.

Signing the protocol accord, The Gambia’s Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, also Governor of the Bank, Abdou Kolley, reiterated his country’s gratitude for the Bank’s development actions in the country, in particular its efforts to reduce poverty and make the private sector one of the country’s engines of growth.

“With a focus on rural household, these funds will contribute to the achievement of The Gambia’s key development objectives of reducing poverty by improving food security, increasing and diversifying food production, as well as raising the income of rural producers,” the Minister said.

For his part, the African Development Bank Vice-President, Sector Operations, Aly Abou-Sabaa, said the project symbolizes a milestone in the collaboration between thegambia farmersGambia Farmers Government and the AfDB. More importantly, through this project, The Gambia and AfDB will assist vulnerable groups living in poverty and confronted by climate change, he stressed.

Abou-Sabaa also highlighted the Bank’s agriculture strategy, which focuses on support and development of agro-industry as a platform to ensure food security, create jobs, increase incomes, diversify the product consumption base in Regional Member Countries.

“The Bank is happy to support this project’s focused on improving food security, diversifying income opportunities, and improving individual livelihoods in your country,” Abou-Sabaa concluded.

The project is an initiative funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to reduce rural household poverty.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
SOURCE: African Development Bank (AfDB)

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-5 #4 2013-06-08 11:39
A few years ago..in one of President jammehs more commendable speach's...he said he would build Gambia on frm foundations from the bottom up.

I tend to feel he as made some progress..but the "foundation cement" is yet to dry.

The Programme for accelerated growth {PAGE} is worthy of example.
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0 #3 2013-06-01 18:14
Quoting Toubabu-Man:
It is about time that the AU promoted a common agricultural policy...that favours and protects there own people.

If arable land becomes at a premium...and
the African remains disadvantaged on price and common ownership...Africa will remain at the "mercy" of expensive loans,debt and Foreign Aid.


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Come on Mr. Mzungu, why going far like this ? Better just tell Cameroon Not the Yaounde One but The David I mean here to Just leave your Uncle (Mugabe) alone for the land issue ?


In the service of the truth I Remain
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+1 #2 2013-05-30 11:31
I read somewhere that some far eastern countries are buying up whole tracks of land in Africa...to grow "cheap" food for there own people.
Meanwhile land prices continue to soar in many parts of Africa.

It is about time that the AU promoted a common agricultural policy...that favours and protects there own people.

If arable land becomes at a premium...and
the African remains disadvantaged on price and common ownership...Africa will remain at the "mercy" of expensive loans,debt and Foreign Aid.
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+1 #1 2013-05-30 08:15
This is where Africa should focus right now. "Grow what you eat,eat what you grow" per president Jammeh.

I totally agree with the idea of back to land. Is going to be really tough for Africa,comes 2050 as suggested by scientist that, Food shortage will then hit the continent especially Africa. So, something must be done now to prepare ourselves. "BACK TO THE LAND IS THE SOLUTION" thank you President jammeh.
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