WCR Governor Alhagie Lamin Sanneh
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Gambia: Governor Sanneh says IFAD financed project Nema to transform agriculture and improve economic empowerment
The Governor of West Coast Region-The Gambia, Alhagie Lamin Sanneh has said that the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) –International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) financed project in The Gambia has a potential to transform agriculture and improve economic empowerment for beneficiaries-Gambian women and youths.
Governor Sanneh was delivering his keynote statement at the second ‘Dialogue Forum’ organized by the Nema project from 4th to 6th March, 2014 at the Wellengara Agricultural Garden Training Centre in his own region West Coast Region (WCR).
The forum was meant for stakeholders to look at the recommendations of the last ‘Dialogue Forum’ 28th to 29th November, 2013 at the same centre in WCR; harmonizing the training manual developed by implementing partners- Department of Agriculture (DOA), Plant Protection Services (PPS), Concern Universal (CU), Gambia Horticultural Enterprises (GHE), University of The Gambia (UTG), National Women Farmers’ Association (NAWFA), and Department of Community Development.
Another area of the forum also look at the way forward for the step down trainings especially adopting an integrated approach to the past trainings conducted by implementing partner contracted by Nema project.
According to him, the project-Nema is in direct responses to the government of The Gambia’s formal request to IFAD to lead in the implementation of the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Plan (GINAP) 2011-2015.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Endeavour to share information, ensure transparency amongst project team, implementing agencies and beneficiaries- Jammeh
|Ousman Jammeh with his IPAD shortly after delivering his speech|
The Nema is a seven-year (2013 to 2019) project designed to build on the achievements and experience of earlier International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD financed projects in The Gambia-Rural Finance Project (RFP), the Participatory Integrated Watershed Management Development Project (PIWAMP) and Horticulture Development Project (LHDP) in the agricultural sector under the Ministry of Agriculture.
The March 4th- 6th second ‘Dialogue Forum’ is underway at the Wellengara Agricultural Garden Training Centre in West Coast Region.
Monday, March 3, 2014
“Using groundnutshell briquettes in fuel efficient stoves for your daily cooking, instead of fuelwood in an inefficient fire place, you are saving the forest and saving the forest is extremely important to mitigate climate change and also for environmental sanitation and soil retention,” says Lenja Guenther, Chairperson, GreenTech Vision.
She observed that Gambia has threatening environmental challenges ranging from soil degradation to desertification and loss of biodiversity.
“So if we can protect our forest with less use of firewood and charcoal then we can have a generally healthier environment,” she stated during a daylong training of coregroup members in Tanji on Sales and Micro-credit opportunities for the introduced fuel briquettes and fuel efficient stoves.
Funded by the UNDP Global Environmental Facility (GEF) -Small Grants Programme (SGP), the project, which is implemented by the charity GreenTechVision, is aimed at tackling environmental challenges like deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change and improving livelihoods.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|Omar Badji New AAITG Executive Director|
Omar Badji is the new Executive Director of ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG). Badji, who until his appointment was Head of Programmes and Policy, took over the role in January 2014 and is based in Kanifing. He succeeds Dr. Kujejatou Manneh whose term ended in December 2013. AAITG is an Affiliate member of the ActionAid International Federation, a global movement of people working together to further human rights for all and defeat poverty.
In his new role, Omar Badji will lead the work of the Affiliate, coordinating its work and strengthening its partnerships to ensure greater positive impact of programme interventions on the lives and livelihoods of people living in poverty. He has worked for ActionAid for over 20 years and has served as interim Country Director for ActionAid Senegal (AAS), Guinea Bissau (AABG) and The Gambia.
|L - R: Mr Drammeh, Mr Jahateh and Mr Camara (Photo Credit: MSJoof/TNBES/Feb2014)|
The director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has promise to work with the Network of Journalists against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing – The Gambia, a national chapter of the sub-regional network.
Yahya Camara said his Unit is ready to work with the network to see how best the right information on the scourges of the twin evils of Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism (ML and FT) reach the masses.
The FIU is established by an Act of the parliament and is mandated to render services such combating ML and FT in The Gambia.
Mr Camara was speaking to members of the network during a courtesy call to his office, located within the Central Bank of The Gambia in Banjul, on Wednesday.
Speaking earlier, Lamin Jahateh, coordinator of the network, said the purpose of the visit is to formally introduce the network to the FIU, and to discuss areas that the FIU can collaborate with the network, as part of the network’s 2014 action plan.
The main objectives of the network include complementing the efforts of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) in combating economic and financial crimes in the sub-region with a view to protect the national economies and financial systems from ML.
|Heather Spidell, President and CEO of CEED, and Michel Mordasini, Vice President of IFAD, signed the grant agreement today.|
"Investing in rural youth is critical if they are to stay in rural areas and contribute to their development"Rome, 26 February 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a grant of US$1.95 million to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to support creating opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa, beginning in Benin, Cameroon, Gambia and Nigeria.
Heather Spidell, President and CEO of CEED, and Michel Mordasini, Vice President of IFAD, signed the grant agreement today.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
|Lamin Sawo Concern Universal led trainer at the meeting|
Before you can start a good business, you must need a clear idea of the sort of business you want to run and a good business starts with a good business idea affirmed Mr. Lamin Sawo Concern Universal- Gambia Business as Farming Officer at entrepreneurship training for start-up businesses for women and youth.
The 24th to 27th training is held at the Jenoi Agricultural Training Centre in the Lower River Region (LRR), implemented by Concern Universal-Gambia and solely funded by the National Agricultural Land and Water Development Project (Nema) the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD financed project.
The reason of why many people go into business, Mr. Sawo said for some; to earn living, support a family, gain prestige, gain additional income, meet expenses for social and traditional functions and to gain some degree of independence.