By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Environment, Climatic Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) recently signed a $10M project agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) that focuses on adaptation, climate risk management, and market access, targeting Central River and Upper River Regions of the country.
The five-year grand project is donated by the Adaptation Fund and the implementation will start in March 2022 and end in February 2027.
The objective of the project is to enhance the adaptive capacity of rural populations in The Gambia through support to climate-resilient and diversified livelihoods. Its aim is to develop knowledge and awareness to underpin evidence-based resilience building and adaptation activities, particularly for women and youths among other things.
The signing was done at the Ministry’s Kairaba Avenue office.
Yasuhiro Tsumura, WFP Country Director, expressed delight to be associated with the project saying the project presentation is quite interesting and well designed.
Mr Tsumura indicated that among the components of the project is to strengthen the resilience of communities and households as well as improve infrastructure against climate shocks and increase the productive capacities despite these shocks.
“The project will also support the mechanism to transfer climate-related risks through weather insurance and develop a knowledge management system and strengthen the evidence base to clearly show the impacts of resilience building and climate adaptation support,” he also said.
Momodou Mbye Jabang, Permanent Secretary at MECCNAR welcomed what he called a huge development stride. He thanked WFP for the partnership.
“The targeted groups are smallholder farmers and other vulnerable rural groups who are already at risk from climate variability and change, with an emphasis on women and youths,” Mr Jabang said.
The project is expected to increase the adaptive capacity and resilience of targeted communities through concrete adaptation and diversified livelihoods of thousands of people.