Through the Ministry of Agriculture, the Gambia Inclusive and Resilient Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (GIRAV) and the Gambia Agriculture and Food Security Project (GAFSP) have been approved and will be officially launched in April.
The US$ 40 million World Bank-funded initiative will last for the next five years.
The GIRAV initiative is designed to help agricultural value-chain development and transition The Gambia from subsistence to more market-oriented agriculture, according to Aji Ramatoulie Hydara Sanyang, operations director of GIRAV.
“The Project Development Objective (PDO) aims to foster the development of inclusive, resilient, and competitive agricultural value chains in the project’s targeted areas, with an emphasis on smallholder farmers and agribusinesses,” she explained.
On November 24th, 2021, the World Bank Board of Directors approved the GIRAV project. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs signed the project on February 8, 2022, and the Declaration on Effectiveness on March 15, 2022.
Rice, horticulture, cashew, poultry, and maize, which would be used for chicken feed, are the GIRAV project’s priority value chains.
The project will operate in six agricultural regions: West Coast, North Bank, Lower River Region, Central River Region South and North, Upper River Region, and West Coast, North Bank, Lower River Region. It will also operate in 35 districts and two towns, Banjul and Kanifing.
The GAFSP project, on the other hand, aims to improve food and nutritional security, as well as household income, in five administrative regions of The Gambia: Central River Region (North and South), Lower River, Upper River, North Bank, and West Coast Regions, by Strengthening the Sustainable Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) Programme.
The GAFSP project, according to project director Momodou Sowe, is aimed at improving the lives and livelihoods of 160,000 beneficiaries, 52 percent of whom are women.
He went on to say that the program would interfere with rice, poultry, maize, millet, cassava, and beans, among other commodities.
The project, according to Sowe, will be undertaken in conjunction with the World Food Programme and will serve as the cornerstone of the country’s Home-Grown School Feeding Program.