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.
Supervising entityAfDB FAO
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.
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Official Project Documents:
- GAFSP Proposal
- Background documents: Signature Page for Proposal, Annexes, and Photos of Participants
- Cover Letter with Endorsements
- Agriculture and Food Security Policy
- Background documents: Nutritional Policy, Gender Policy, Education Policy, Employment Program, Trade Policy, and Youth Policy
- CAADP Compact
- Post Compact Investment Plan
- Business Communique
- CAADP Technical Review
- Background document: Preliminary Review