Monday, June 13, 2016

UN agency examines approach to decentralized operations in Africa

Nairobi, 13 June 2016 – Government representatives and agricultural development specialists will gather in Nairobi 13-14 June to discuss the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) approach to decentralizing its operations in Africa.

The workshop will focus on IFAD-funded operations in eastern, southern, western and central Africa and will inform an independent evaluation of IFAD's decentralization approach that is scheduled to be released in December 2016. The Nairobi event is one of the four regional workshops being organized by IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) to capture feedback and insights from stakeholders of IFAD-funded.

With headquarters in Rome, Italy, IFAD began its decentralization process in 2003 and now has 40 country offices worldwide. The process echoes a trend in several multilateral development institutions, such as the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which have strengthened their presence in countries where they run operations. IFAD currently has 20 country offices in Africa, including a special regional service centre for Eastern and South Africa including the Indian Ocean island states, based in Kenya.

Friday, May 20, 2016

BAJ Gambia director attends Africa-EU forum in Italy

Mamadou Edrisa Njie, director of programmes and managing editor at Biodiversity Action Journalists The Gambia (BAJ Gambia), at the weekend, left for Italy to participate in the 2nd Africa- EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) forum.

He was invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to participate in the high-level conference jointly organised by the African Union Commission and the European Commission, 16-17 May, 2016.

The forum, entitled ‘Business and Science: Leading the way to sustainable energy’, builds on the first AEEP stakeholder forum held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012.

Shortly before his departure, Mr Njie thanked the organisers and his office for the support to enable him attend the forum.

African and European ministers, African Union and European Union commissioners, as well as more than 300 other high-level participants from both continents representing the private sector, civil society, academia and other international organisations are expected to participate in the Milan conference.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

World Press Freedom Day 2016

40 journalists and media experts assess the state of media freedom and expression, access to information and media pluralism and diversity in sub-Saharan Africa. These articles are available for publication to all media at no charge.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) hereby advises all print, online and broadcasting media editors, as well as specialist media publications, newsletters and journalism initiatives, that a portfolio of over 40 quality articles and audio-visual content on free media, free expression and access to information in sub-Saharan Africa is available to them for print and online publication or broadcasting at no charge.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Brikama fish vendors speak to Mansa Banko blog

On Wednesday 16th March 2016, Mansa Banko blog visited the Brikama Market in the West Coast Region (WCR) to chat with the fish vendors on pertinent issues concerning their welfare vis-à-vis the market.

Brikama is also considered as one of the biggest market in the Gambia that offers and supply affordable commodities to the masses. The fish market is no exception.

“I have been a fish vendor for the past 11th years. It is through the fishing industry that I become a successful man and I am also the bread winner of my family,” says Mr. Modou Lamin Sabally, a fish vendor at the Brikama market. 

In Gunjur Fishing Site: Fish industry, a lucrative business

A young fisherman in Gunjur fishing centre has told Mansa Banko blog that fishing is a profitable business that takes care of his family needs and responsibilities. 
Mr. Buba Badjie said: “I engaged in fishing some years back. I go to sea both day and night in order to settle my family needs but so far so good, I can brag to say that I feed my family and pay my children’s school fees thanks to the fishing industry.

“I believed not everybody can get a white collar job. There are many opportunities awaiting people especially the youth to grab in the fishing sector.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

‘Fish is not expensive in Tanji’---Vendor

Mansa Banko blog has visited one of the busiest and biggest fishing sites in the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to share the stories of the fish vendors and sailors after attending the African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries Workshop in Elmina, Ghana.

The high profile workshop gathered more than 140 journalists drawn from 40 African countries- February 29th to March 4th, 2016.

The World Bank, African Union- Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the USAID funded the workshop. 

The workshop culminated with the opening of an Award Competition for African journalists from the 4th to 17th March, 2016 to submit fisheries-related stories.

Tanji Village, often called the Tanji Fishing Village, is close to the Atlantic Ocean beach, in the northern section of the Kombo South District, West Coast Region of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, in West Africa.

‘Fishing in the morning helps our sea’

Says Bakau fisherman

Mr. Saikou Mendy, a fisherman in Bakau has called on the fishermen folk to adapt to best fishing practices especially fishing in the morning in a bid to protect and safe the sea for posterity.

Speaking to Mansa Banko Blog, he said, this is the best way to protect the sea instead of fishing throughout the day (Morning, afternoon and evening).

Bakau town includes the Cape Point promontory, and its northernmost coastline marks the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gambia River. It is part desirable suburb, part shanty town and part coastal resort.

The coastline is fringed with palm trees however, the beach area is composed of rocky, laterite cliff edges and at high tide the sand can disappear altogether.