The Food & Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP) has provided funding support to a poultry scheme in The Gambia dubbed Poultry 4 Prosperity, P4P. The project is part of ministries of Youth and Sport and Agriculture’s drive in addressing food security, youth and women employment and employability.
The project aims to contribute to the government’s stated goals of accelerating growth, employment creation and poverty reduction. In this regard, it will scale up support to reduce poverty and unemployment; improve both rural and urban livelihoods, food and nutrition security by increasing agricultural production and productivity, linking farmers to markets, reducing risk and vulnerability, and providing technical assistance.
The pilot project in the Greater Banjul and West Coast targets 150 youth and women from across the country. The project is conceived and being implemented by the National Enterprise Development Initiative, Saadis Group and the Department of Livestock Services.
Speaking at launching, Ba Saadi Jabbi of Saadi’s Group Ltd said his company is a limited liability company incorporated in The Gambia in 2007 own and manages agri-business projects in the country such as the Yaffal Poultry Feed Mill, Jaba Groundnut Oil Factory and the Poultry 4 Prosperity project. He added that, the Poultry4Prosperity project in particular aims to mobilise, recruit, train and set up as many as 1000 youth and women into poultry farming through the use of innovative cages to mitigate the importation of chicken and eggs into the country in the medium and long term.
He said in moving from conceptualising to implementation, Saadis Group entered into a partnership with NEDI, noting that it is a partnership both parties will go on to value despite the challenges.
For his part, Kebba L. Jarju said FASDEP is funded by the Government of The Gambia and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP), which is a multilateral mechanism to assist in the implementation of pledges made by the leaders of the G8, in Pittsburgh in 2009.
Jarju said The Gambia government with the support of development partners submitted its funding proposal as part of the second call for proposals and was approved by the GAFSP steering committee on May 23, 2012; and the project was launched in September 2016.
The executive director of the National Youth Council, Lamin Darboe said the importance of the project to government cannot be overemphasised. He said the Jammeh adminsitration is committed to poverty reduction as enunciated in the long-term development strategic plan of The Gambia Incorporated Vision 2020.
“The Poultry 4 Prosperity is in line with the clarion call by His Excellency the President of The Gambia ‘to grow what we eat and eat what we grow’ as stipulated in Vision 2016,” Sheriffo Bojang the deputy minister of Agriculture emphasise.
He also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports through NEDI for their partnership in this noble venture by identifying and supporting in the preparation of the beneficiary women and youths. “I also recognised the contribution of the Department of Livestock Services and Mahatma Ghandi University for the trainings on improved poultry husbandry and entrepreneurship respectively.”
by Fatoumatta K. Saidykhan