Sunday, July 14, 2019

GYINers Set To Commemorate World Entrepreneurs’ Day

Preparations are ongoing at the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) Gambia Chapter to commemorate the World Entrepreneurs’ Day (WED) on the 21st August, 2019 in grand style.

The World Entrepreneurs’ Day is a day set aside to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the Gambia.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Matching Grant Beneficiaries Praise Nema Project

Mr Musa Bah 
President of Bolongdala Rice Processing

The beneficiaries of the Matching Grant Facility, which is being provided by the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) have expressed heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Benefactor for supporting their various youth groups with processing and pressing machines.

Last month on 21st June, 2019, fourteen youth groups across the length and breadth of the country received over sixteen rice, cereal processing and oil pressing machines through the Nema project Matching Grant Scheme at a presentation held at its office grounds in Abuko.

The Matching grant is designed to innovate, develop and build medium term financial services adapted to women and youth groups and individual-based Small and Medium Enterprises.

In an exclusive with, one of the beneficiaries of the machines, Ahagie Muya Baldeh, the president of Mbaalondiren Youth Development Association from Basse in Upper River Region commended the Nema project for the gesture, noting that the machines came at the right time as there is only one processing machine in their community which is owned by a Senegalese national.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Gambia, Saudi Sign $92.5Million OIC Funding Agreement

Signing Ceremony at State House 
State House, Banjul: June 20, 2019 – His Excellency, President Adama Barrow today presides over the signing of a $92.5million funding agreement between the Saudi Fund for development and the Republic of the Gambia at the State House. Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, Dr. Khalid S. Alkhudairy and the Gambia’s Finance Minister, Mamboury Njie penned the agreement on behalf of their respective countries.

The funding is meant for several priority infrastructure and energy projects that will facilitate the Gambia’s hosting of the OIC Summit in 2022. Among these projects are the construction of a 50kilometre road network within the OIC concentrated area, enhancement of the transmission and distribution network for the electricity grid, enhancement of water production, treatment and distribution and the Construction of a new VVIP Lounge at the Banjul International Airport.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Subject of Mockery turns to Source of Inspiration

GYINer Amie Colley
As young entrepreneur breaking records in her community

By Mariam Saine

Meet Amie Colley, a young entrepreneur from Somita Village, West Coast Region (WCR) has told Mansa Banko that market vendors especially women in her community used to make mockery of her for being an educated young woman and at the same competing with them at the market as a vegetable vendor. 
Mrs. Colley is an active member of the Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia Chapter)- 

Today, according to her, with the help of her food processing trainings, she is serving as a role model and source of inspiration to them as most of them are now learning from her skills.

She is the proprietress of Amie’s Food Processing and Commercialization. Her brand includes pepper sause, Kaba Jam, Papaya Jam, Mango Jam, Tomato Paste, Gari, Garlic Syrup, Bitter cola and Ginger syrup, etc.

Friday, June 21, 2019

On Nema Project’s Largesse to 14 Youth Groups

Musa Bah from Wassu, Central River Region North (GYINer)
By Mariam Saine

As part of its intervention to support youth and women in agricultural production and productivity, the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project, dubbed Nema, on Friday, 21 June, 2019 handed over sixteen (16) rice and cereal processing machines and accessories to fourteen (14) youth groups across the country.The presentation of the items was held at a colorful ceremony at the Nema office in Abuko.

The provision of the said equipment, made possible through the Nema Matching Grant facility, is geared towards ensuring that the intended services are provided to the smallholder farmers.

Agricultural Minister Launches National Seed Plan

Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Amie Fabureh
By Mamadou Edrisa Njie

The Minister of Agriculture (MoA), Hon. Amie Faburay on Thursday, 20th June, 2019 has presided over the launching of the National Seed Plan at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi.

The launching was organized by the National Seed Secretariat (NSS) under the Ministry of Agriculture with support from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (F.A.O) Banjul office- through the European Union (EU) funded project dubbed “Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security/Nutrition to mitigate Migration flows.

The National Seed Plan was developed to promote production, availability and utilization of quality seed that would improve agricultural productivity and contribute to economic growth of The Gambia.

“Quality seeds constitute a prime prerequisite in agriculture and the basis of agricultural productivity, which is part of a critical importance to the government of The Gambia, since the national economy and food and nutrition security depends on a successful local agriculture,” says the Agricultural Minister.

The Ministry of Agriculture, she added, has long pursued the establishment of seed industry structures, policy and programs that would support the Gambia’s agriculture.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

GYIN Gambia ELIT 2019 Summer Camp to Hold on July 21 in Basse

ELIT summer camp on a field visit at Ever Green  
Churchill’s Town, June 20, 2019 -- The 4th edition of the National Youth Summer Camp on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Information Technology (ELIT) will be held in Basse, Upper River Region (URR) from 21 – 31 July, 2019.

This year’s 10-day youth camp will allow young people to acquire relevant knowledge and skills to start and successfully manage an enterprise or business ventures, the organizer, GYIN Gambia said in a statement on Thursday.

It is to be held under the theme ‘Transforming youth into agents of change in agribusiness ventures’. Sixty (60) participants selected from across the six Agricultural Directorates in The Gambia are to take part in the camp.