By Adama Tine
The Lord Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) Talib Ahmed Bensouda on Thursday launched a six million dalasi (D6M) waste management project in Abuko through their partnership with WasteAid UK and Women’s Initiative The Gambia. The launch was held at Abuko market.
The project entitled “Building climate resilience through sustainable biodegradable waste management in Kanifing Municipality” is expected to be implemented in one year.
According to Mayor Bensouda residents of Kanifing rely upon gardens to provide essential nutrients in their diets to live healthy lives. He stated that by using the biodegradable waste from public markets to create compost and bio-briquettes, it would reduce the country’s dependence on chemical fertilizers and charcoal to meet the nutrient enhancement, requirements of women’s gardens and provide an alternative to the unsustainable use of forests for charcoal.
Mayor Bensouda added that the project plans to test a few innovative concepts to help the Council better manage the 18 hectare dumpsite at Bakoteh. He reassured partners of his Council’s commitment to fully meet the project target as well as its sustainability.
Ingrid Henrys, project coordinator for WasteAid said the project is to help and equip women gardeners with skills and knowledge to transform waste collected into organic manure and other important components. She added that the project will help mitigate climate change in the country.
“I hope the project would be furthered into other areas,” she said.
Isatou Ceesay, Director of the Women Initiative The Gambia said the project will be on two segments; to educate women gardeners on the effects of climate change and also to give them information about the negative effects of using chemicals in their vegetables.
The objectives of the project are to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to Bakoteh dumpsite and also help women gardeners to transform organic waste into productive materials such as compost and bio-briquettes.
The project will also support women vendors selling in public markets to divert their organic waste and transform them into valuable products to improve the productivity and yields of women growing fruits and vegetables in community gardens.