Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LRR Youth targets multi Agric Surveys for CORY Project

LRR participants at GYIN Gambia CORY step-down forum
Youth in the Lower River Region (LRR) are prepared to conduct production and market surveys to expose the state of horticultural advantages for women and youth in the region. This plan was unveiled at a step-down orientation meeting of the national launching of the Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth (CORY) project powered by the Gambian chapter of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN-GAMBIA) on Tuesday at the Ba’lal Rural Empowerment and Sustainable Development Initiative (BRESDI) secretariat in Soma.
Ebrima Bah, GYIN-Gambia representative in Lower River Region said the meeting was meant to share information on implementation plan and schedule, target groups and youth selection criteria with participants. He also said that it was expected of them to discuss on the expectations of youth from the various components of the project and design a test measure in domesticating the project plan in context of the LRR region.

Caravan of Mercy gives largesse to villages in LRR, others

Beneficiaries of Caravan of Mercy food distributions
Caravan of Mercy, Overseas Coordinator Mr. Pa Modou Sillah who is also coordinating Caravan of Mercy activities in the Republic of Senegal and Guinea Bissau stated that his organisation will continue the good will gesture for Gambian peoples in complementing the efforts of the government by given Ramadan donations to families.

Mr. Sillah was speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter in his office in Brikama Caravan of Mercy Head Office shortly after the Ramadan food items distributions recently. 

According to Sillah, Caravan of Mercy which is registered as an international Non-Governmental Organisation in the country through its partners in the United Kingdom has donated food items to Gambian as part of their contributions to help the poor and needy.

GAMBIA: Journalists, youth organisations, students' researchers discuss GIs importance

Participants at  GIs Gambia forum
BiodiversityAction Journalists Gambia (BAJ Gambia) advocacy journalists organisation on Thursday 17th July brought together local journalists, youth organisations and student researchers under one conference room to discuss on Geographical Indications (GIs), a program organized under the auspices of Biodiversity Action Journalists Gambia (BAJ-Gambia) held at its head office in Churchill’s Town.

The general objective of the gathering is to share GIs information with participants as well as putting in place GIs team in The Gambia.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GYIN Gambia launches CORY Consortium 3 year project

GYIN Gambia CORY National Orientation Workshop Participnats
The CORY project is a new initiative that supports young rural women and men in West and Central Africa to become entrepreneurs.  Over its 3-year implementation period (2014-2017), the CORY project will focus on rural young women and men, ages 15-35 years, who are involved in agriculture production or activities associated with rural business. 

GYIN Gambia chapter together with National Implementing Partners- Jarumeh Koto Youth Development Association, Gambia Women Finance Association (GAWFA), Village Savings and Credit Associations (VISACAs) on the 8th -9th July at Ocean Bay Hotel launched the CORY project.

The project also targets rural youth institutions for business training, advocacy, networking and knowledge exchange – all with a 1:1 female-male ratio.

Mamadou Edrisa Njie GYIN Gambia National Coordinator said by capitalizing on innovative ideas and taking into account the wishes and desires of many rural young women and men, the network recognized the need to provide a continuous “space” by establishing a platform now known as GYIN International.

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Plastic waste is one of the menaces of our time"- says Sambou

WED BAJ Gambia members in action
Biodiversity Action Journalists-Gambia (BAJ Gambia), a local media organisation operating across The Gambia, in complementing the efforts of the area councils and municipalities in keeping the country clean and tidy held cleansing exercise on World Environment Day (WED) 5th June, 2014 in Lower River Region.

Mr. Ansuman Sambou, director of planning and development at Mansakonko Area Council, have this to say during the celebration of the World Environment Day in Lower River Region, that plastic waste is one of the menaces of our time.

He said Biodiversity Action Journalists-The Gambia (BAJ-Gambia) Lower River Region (LRR) chapter coming with this theme: ‘Eliminating Plastic’ was really timely.
Plastic is everywhere and it is one quarter of waste, he said, adding that its management is very key to human health and the biodiversity of the country.  

“The celebration of the World Environment Day is key in the socio-economic development of the country,” said Ansuman Sambou during the celebration of World Environment Day organised by BAJ-The Gambia LRR office.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Climate Change is sucking funding away from biodiversity


money_sucking_vortexFrom the “let’s include climate change is all our work so we’ll keep getting funded” department, comes this admission in the form of a press release from The University of Kent.
Overshadowed by climate change
Kent research suggests that recent high levels of media coverage for climate change may have deflected attention and funding from biodiversity loss.
In a paper published by the journal Bioscience, Kent conservationists also recommend that, to prevent biodiversity from becoming a declining priority, conservationists need to leverage the importance of climate change to obtain more funds and draw attention to other research areas such as biodiversity conservation.

BAJ Gambia top brass participates in 3rd National Renewable Energy forum

Executive Director Abdou Rahman Sallah and Mamadou Edrisa Njie Director of Programmes of Biodiversity Action Journalists Gambia (BAJ Gambia), are currently attending 3rd National Renewable Energy forum in Banjul, The Gambia an invitation through REAGAM membership.

The forum is organised by PURA annually in partnership with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), through funding from USAID on theme: Policy ‘for Small Scale Renewable Energy Regulation’ from 18th-19th, June 2014 held in a local hotel in The Gambia.