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The Gambia Agriculture and Food Security Project

$16 million to increase food and nutrition security, and household incomes, particularly for vulnerable households in the project area.
Photo: © Arne Hoel/World Bank


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) classifies The Gambia as a Least Developed, Low Income Food Deficit Country, with 31.7% of the population living in extreme poverty. As of 2019, the agriculture sector provides employment for about three-quarters of the labor force and smallholder farmers supply about 90% of the domestically produced food. However, the sector produces low and unpredictable yields, is highly susceptibility to droughts and erratic climate patterns, and is essentially rain-fed, with only 3% of the arable land estimated to be under irrigation.


This project aims to structure food demand to assured institutional markets and to improve smallholders’ productivity, thereby increasing food and nutrition security and household incomes, particularly for vulnerable household, through increased agriculture production and productivity, post-harvest management and commercialization, resilience for identified food chains, linking smallholders to assured institutional markets (e.g., home-grown school feeding), and active private sector participation. The project also will promote social protection and food safety net programs to reduce food and nutrition insecurity among vulnerable populations.

Project Status

Under Preperation


  • The Gambia



Focus area

  • Fragility

Supervising entity

  • AfDB


Philip Boahen, AfDB


Official Project Documents:

Submission Documents: