EBAFOSA, in collaboration with UNEP and FAO recently launched their 1year anniversary and National Day of Resilience Food Security, at the Paradise Suites Hotel, in Kololi.
The EBAFOSA aims to contribute to climate change resilience, food and national security, through inclusive national adaptation strategy of agriculture to climate change, green value chain of agricultural products and building synergy between stakeholders, including decision-makers.
In his remarks, the president of EBAFOSA Gambia, Ahmed A. Salami, said the organisation aims at bridging the gap to ensure appropriate polices to tackle Africa’s key and related challenges of food and nutritional insecurity, poverty and unemployment, climate change and environmental degradation.
According to him, EBAFOSA platform is indeed a timely intervention to ensure delivery of the SDGs in The Gambia and Africa at large.
EBAFOSA uses a hub strategy where country branches register local, continental and global actors within the country and facilitate their interaction and partnership building, through a range of country level, networking and exchange activities.
These partnerships are further enriched by the inter-coordinating secretariat, through a series of continental level exchange and networking activities, said Salami.
He said it requires partnerships between solution-providers, to blend the strengths of governments, the private sector, and other actors as implied in Goal 17 of the SDGs.
He said EBAFOSA’s mandate is to align countries of priorities of addressing the challenges of food and nutritional security, climate change, ecological degradation and income and employment creation challenges, through optimizing agro-value chains, efficient market linkages, promoting clean energy access and rural agro-industry and supporting the government in domesticating AU Agenda 2063, the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development and Paris COP21 agreements.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Parks and Wildlife, Hon. Lamin Jawara, said “EBAFOSA was formed by the urgent imperative to climate-prove Africa, food system and optimise them for not only nutrition security but also for job creation and income, as well as adaptation to climate change.”
The FAO deputy country representative, Ms Mariatou Fall, said women play an important role in the processing of forest products.
Given their responsibilities of ensuring food security at the household level in many parts of the world, income generated from such activities is often an important means of providing food for the family, she added.
The collection, processing and sale of forest products or activities involving the non-consumptive use of forest, such as ecotourism are often among the few income-generating opportunities available amongst the farmers, she stated.
Author: Yai Dibba