The project financed by the World Bank, to the tune of 40 million dollars, will be spread over the next five years.
Aji Ramatoulie Hydara Sanyang, Director of Operations of GIRAV, explained that the GIRAV project is expected to support agricultural value chain development and shift The Gambia from subsistence farming to more market-oriented agriculture.
“The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to promote the development of inclusive, resilient and competitive agricultural value chains, focusing on smallholder farmers and agribusinesses in the areas targeted by the project,” a- she added.
The GIRAV project was submitted and approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on November 24, 2021. The project was signed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs on February 8, 2022, and the Declaration of Effectiveness on February 15, 2021. March 2022.
The priority value chains targeted by the GIRAV project are rice, horticulture, cashew, poultry as well as corn which would be intended for poultry feed.
Geographically, the project will operate in 6 agricultural regions: West Coast, North Bank, Lower River Region as well as Central River Region South and North, Upper River Region. It will also intervene in the two municipalities Banjul and Kanifing and in 35 districts.
On the other hand, the GAFSP project aims to increase food and nutritional security, as well as household incomes, in particular for vulnerable households in five administrative regions: Central River Region (North and South), Lower River, Upper River, North Bank and West Coast Regions of The Gambia, through strengthening the Home Grown Sustainable School Feeding (HGSF) programme.
Project Director Momodou Sowe said the GAFSP project is designed to focus on improving the lives and livelihoods of 160,000 beneficiaries, 52% of whom are women.
The project, he added, would intervene in the staples of rice, poultry, maize, millet, cassava and beans.
Sowe noted that the project will be implemented alongside the World Food Program and will be the cornerstone of the country’s school feeding programme.
By Fatou B. Cham
Information Officer, MoA