ActionAid The Gambia, AAITG, Kudang Office recently convened a meeting on Early Warning System with project stakeholders at the Brikamaba micro finance center in the Lower Fulladu West District, CRR south.
Addressing the participants, Foday Kanyi, the Local Right Programme (LRP) programme officer, said the Agro-Ecology Resilience project is a four-hundred and fifty thousand US dollar project that will be implemented in eighteen communities in Niamina East, West and Dankunku.
The project, he went on, has three key outcome areas namely; Climate Resilience for Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Documentation and Shared Learning.
Kanyi maintained that CRSA with a focus on women would be better able to withstand the shocks and impacts of natural disasters caused by climate change through the development and management of sustainable agro-ecosystems.
“Through the use of Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) principles and practices, beneficiary communities will become more food secure,” he added.
He pointed out that the three targeted communities in disaster-prone locations will have their long-term vulnerability to disasters reduced through recovery efforts including mitigation and resilience-building strategies involving capacity building of communities and livelihoods diversification among others.
Salimina Bah, the Agro Ecology Resilience project coordinator, said the project has a three-year lifespan and has made some significant progress since its intervention. The project, he added, has provided farm inputs and animals to farmers in the project intervention communities.
He further revealed that they have also trained some members of the Multi-Disciplinary Facilitation Team (MDFTs) for them to embark on step-down training for farmers, positing that they have established sheep fattening, bee keeping, tie and dye, and provided capital for youth-led organisations in the area.
According to him, an early warning committee has been set up and trained on rain gauge reading, forecasting and on participatory vulnerability assessment. “Seeds were also distributed to communities and they were trained on seeds and cereal bank on how to keep their seeds without using chemicals,” he stated.
by Lamin SM Jawo in CRR