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Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP)

$28 million to reduce household poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition in three highly food-insecure regions.
Photo: Curt Carnemark


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. 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.


The Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP) aims to reduce rural household poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition through increased agricultural production/productivity and commercialization. The project will support agricultural infrastructure such as tidal irrigation, water retention facilities (dikes and spillways), and rural roads, as well as activities to diversify and commercialize agriculture in aquaculture, small ruminants, poultry and horticulture. It will increase nutritional levels, food security, and incomes of vulnerable populations in the Central River Region-North, Central River Region-South, Lower River and West Coast Regions through improved technical and organizational capacities of targeted stakeholders, community-based nutritional training programs to strengthen knowledge, skills, and approaches, and support to the school feeding program implemented by WFP. It also focuses on reducing risk and vulnerability to disasters on a sustainable basis (such as drought and floods) by improving community resilience and household coping strategies.

Project Status



The Gambia



Focus area

  • Fragility
  • Gender
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity


107,300 people reached by the project (83% women). The project is expected to reach 240,000 people in the targeted regions – 150,000 women, 60,000 young people, and 30,000 men.


4 agro-processing facilities have been installed. The project includes a matching grant component that funded four agro-processing facilities benefiting over 1,500 people (53% women) and six poultry schemes, as well as creating 340 new job opportunities.  


Through enhanced management of 3,000 hectares and the development of an additional 200 hectares under tidal irrigation; the establishment of 155 hectares of improved horticultural schemes and 60 hectares of school gardens; the establishment of 200 fish ponds, 25 small ruminants, and 20 poultry schemes.


Tabi KariKari

Mariatou Njie, +220 449 7567

Alhagie Nyangado

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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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