A timely response to the food crisis
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
The agreement signed between the government of The Gambia
and the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food aid to some 12,000 affected
families in the Central River Region serves as a strong reminder of ongoing
efforts by the Gambia Government and WFP to tackle the food crisis in the
Sahelian region before it worsens.
We need not belabor on the significance of this latest move.
What is important to note herein is thatit shows that we have a government that is an embodiment of the wishes
and aspirations of the people.
We however wish to reiterate that as the executive continues to find solutions to our common plight, organisations and partners should come forward to help the country guarantee its food needs before the next planting season.
This is a time for great compassion and generosity and no one particularly entrepreneurs can afford to be left out. As a matter of fact, without compassion this world would be a hard and very lonely place to live in. The spirit of compassion gets all of us connected; thus hard and difficult times become much easier, because people understand and care about the welfare of others.Therefore, by complementing the government and WFP to provide food to Gambians on the brink of hunger, you are in effect helping yourself.
After all, Food is an essential part of living. Among all
human activities eating undoubtedly has the greatest effect on health! After
breathing, eating is what we do most frequently during a lifetime. In other
words, food is the key to survival and survival is the foundation of life. And
it is life that produces development.
We therefore cannot afford to have The Gambia go short of grain; all hands must be on deck in complementing the efforts of the government to bail the country out of this looming food crisis. We once again applaud the WFP for living up to its founding principles and for responding to the government’s plea. We also hope that others will soon follow suit.
Author: Daily Observer