The Government of The Gambia is making tremendous efforts to ensure The Gambia attains food self-sufficiency within the shortest time possible, says Hon. Sulayman Samba, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service.
According to him, their efforts have so far registered success and won the admiration of the United Nation Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO).
Efforts1In a statement read on his behalf by the Secretary to Cabinet Noah Touray on Thursday during a day’s workshop on Food Security in The Gambia and the role of NGOs organised by the NGO Affairs Agency, he reiterated that The Gambia has been able to reduce hunger from 13.3% in 1992 to 6% in 2012.
As a result of this feat, he added, The Gambia received an award from FAO in November 2014 to celebrate this marvellous achievement and again another award in June 2015 in recognition of the country’s effort in reducing malnutrition and under nourishment to less than 5%.
According to him, all these are made possible by the President’s proactive and inspirational leadership and the importance he attaches to food self sufficiency.
Therefore, he affirmed that The Gambia has continually shown its willingness to develop this country citing the massive investment in public infrastructure, energy, agriculture, education and health.
He thanked the NGO Community for their consistent support in complementing the efforts of government under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh to fulfil the developmental aspirations of the people, especially in the rural areas.
Dominic Jammeh, a board member of NGO Affairs Agency, stated that NGOs are immensely contributing their quota towards the socio-economic development of the country.
The Director of TANGO Ousman Yabou said the forum aims to create awareness about the NGO Community and Government and it also promotes public-private partnership.
He called on NGOs to complement the President’s Vision 2016 agenda noting this is the only way to attain food security in The Gambia.