In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Landing B. Sanneh, general manager, NEDI said the project is intended to benefit 1000 young people across the country.
According to him, the project is meant to empowering youth and women to be self-employed and develop greater entrepreneurship skills.
Speaking on behalf on the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Lamin B. Darboe, National Youth Council (NYC) executive director, said P4P is meant to ensure that the country produces enough quality local broilers to mitigate the importation of chicken- legs in the Gambian markets.
He stated that the project, as a pilot, targets 150 youth and women in the Greater Banjul Area and the West Coast Region.
For his part, Mr. Kebba L Jarju, FASDEP project coordinator expressed gratitude, saying that the project will complement the effort of the government on its drive of accelerating growth, employment creation and poverty reduction in the country.
He noted that P4P will scale up support to reduce poverty and unemployment; improve both rural and urban livelihoods and food & nutrition security by increasing agricultural production and productivity, linking farmers to markets, reducing risk and vulnerability as well as providing technical assistance.
“This is part of the two ministries-Youth and Sports and Agriculture in addressing food security, youth and Women self employment and employability.
He adds: “we hope that these beneficiaries would work to expectation hence enabling the continuity of P4P to other regions”.
According to him, these are the kind of projects that young people want as it will help them improve their livelihood standard.