SAGE director visits project sites in NBR
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The project director ofSustainable Agriculture and Environment Governance Project (SAGE) Madam Almudena Moreno Fernandez recently visited project sites at Mandory and Salikene in the Central Badibou in the North Bank Region (NBR).
explained that the SAGE project aims to improve food security, land management,
environment and energy to enhance sustainable livelihood of the people. She
added that the projects is in The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissa. Madam
Fernandez also visited the Agency for the Development of Women and Children
(ADWAC) Anti-Salt Dyke Construction and Improved Cooking Stoves project in
Central Baddibu District in NBR.
She applauded the communities of Salikene and Mandory for their active participation and support to the implementation of project activities. She noted that the construction of anti-salt dykes in Salikene and Mandori wouldenhance food production and sustainable livelihood.
Madam Fernandez also expressed
satisfaction with the high rate of project implementation of the Agency for the
Development of Women and Children. She assured them of SAGE’s commitment to
empower and enhance sustainable land management, food security, environment and
energy, with a view to improving lives and livelihood of the peoples and
contribute to poverty reduction.
part, Mamsamba Joof, the executive director of ADWAC explained that the
partnership with SAGE project focuses on environment and energy, promotion of
improved cooking stoves and school environment programmes all aimed at
empowering communities and schools to contribute to food security and
sustainable environmental management.
Joof acknowledged the enormous support and collaboration ADWAC continues to benefit from SAGE and its implementing partners FODE in Senegal and APRODEL in Guinea Bissau during periodic joint project review and planning meetings in Kolda, Senegal. He noted that the partnership has enabled implementing partners to share best practices and techniques of promoting sustainable agriculture and environment governance programmes along the border villages.
Dampha, SAGE Food Security officer of ADWAC advised farmers to optimally use
the seeds provided by the project to boostfood production and environmental governance. He noted
that the Anti Dyke construction in Salikene and Mandori was designed to support
communities to reclaim land and increase food production. He also advised the
Dyke Management Committee to be proactive in the upkeep of the spillways and
maintenance of dykes.
Damphalauded the high community involvement and
participation by the community of Salikene in the construction of anti-salt
dykes, noting that the move demonstrated the people’s commitment to the total
ownership of project.
Salikene Ba, Saikou Kanteh, Momodou Bintou Dibba and Manka Trawally commented
on the involvement of ADWAC and SAGE in the anti-salt dyke construction, noting
that it has accorded them the opportunity to reclaim abandoned rice fields and
increase food production.
The community representatives hailed the efforts of partner NGOs for providing them with high quality seed, noting that the support aimsto complement government efforts in food security and sustainable livelihood.
Author: Alhagie Babou jallow in NBR