The Women Initiative Gambia (WIG) in collaboration with Concern Universal The Gambia and Senegal recently organised a seeds fair in Njau village, Upper Saloum District, CRR north. The theme for the event was “Seed Diversification for Nutrition and Food Security”.
Speaking on behalf of the regional Governor, the Deputy Governor Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara applauded the organisers for complementing government’s efforts in improving agricultural production. He highlighted the significance President Jammeh attaches to agriculture. He called on farmers to make best use of the opportunity accorded to them by the NGO’s.
The Director of Women Initiative Gambia (WIG) Isatou Ceesay, said the seeds fair is part of her organisation’s partnership with Concern Universal in implementing a project called “Building the Resilience of Vulnerable Households in The Gambia”.
She posited that the aim of the project is to empower vulnerable households to become more food secure and have better nutritional health and able to cope with impacts of climate change and other shocks. “In this regard, WIG embarked on building seed networks among farmers in CRR north through conducting seed fairs,” she noted.
The National Assembly member for Upper Saloum Constituency, Hon. Sainey Mbye, highlighted the importance of the project, saying it will go a long way in improving production and productivity of farmers in the area.
He pointed out that President Jammeh has place agricultural development very high on his development agenda. He said farming is the only way forward in the attainment of food security.
Among several speakers at the event included Badara Jobe of Concern Universal and the Chief of Upper Saloum District Alhaji Malick Mbye.
by Lamin SM Jawo in CRR