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Agribusiness / Food in Gambia

  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • Gambia: Exiled Gambian Ex-Leader Jammeh 'To Take Up Farming Full Time'

    GAMBIA, 2017/03/12 Gambia's exiled former leader Yahya Jammeh has reportedly disclosed plans to take up farming "full time". Quoting the Jeune Afrique newspaper, a BBC statement said that Jammeh was set to go into farming. An unnamed diplomat in Equatorial Guinea was cited as the source of the story, the statement said.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • West Africa: Farmers in Sahel Learn Ways to Avoid Drought Disaster

    BENIN, 2017/03/12 "We have some very good practices in the region. We just need support to scale them up"
  • Crackdown On Illegal Fishing to Protect Millions of Jobs

    BENIN, 2016/07/18 West Africa nations must crack down on foreign fleets fishing illegally off its Atlantic coastline and build up their fisheries to protect the livelihoods of millions of people, a leading thinktank said on Wednesday. Overfishing by foreign vessels is driving a lot of species towards extinction and destroying the livelihoods of fishing communities in nations such as Ghana, Liberia and Mauritania, said the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
  • Gambia: Gov't to Licence Dealers in Basic Food Commodities

    GAMBIA, 2015/01/16 The government of The Gambia has introduced a new measure that will licence or authorise importers, distributors inclunding major and minor retailers of essential food commodities in the country. The measure, jointly announced Tuesday by the ministers of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, and Lands and Regional Government, Abdoulie Jobe and Momodou Aki Bajo respectively, is expected to kick-in next month. Officials said the move is meant to ensure a fairer and honest pricing of essential food commodities in the country, hence curbing tendencies of exploitation.
  • The governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG)

    GAMBIA, 2013/11/27 The governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG) has told members of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly that agriculture, the second biggest contributor to the country\\\'s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) next services sector, \\\"continues to be the least recipient of credit from commercial banks.\\\" Presenting the activity statement and audited financial statements of the CBG, Governor Amadou Colley informed the members that the sector attracted 5.2 % of in general credit in 2012 compared to 5.7 % in 2011. Total credit to the sector, mainly for production and marketing, he told the members, contracted to D284.3 million or by 8. 6 % in 2012 compared to 7.3 % in 2011. He was quick to point out that agricultural production had declined substantially in 2011 due to poor rains.
  • New Nut Company Eyes Gambia's Groundnut Seed Production Sector 2012-10-18

    GAMBIA, 2012/10/18 The director of government at New Nut Company has spoken of his institution's desire to embark on quality groundnut seeds production in The Gambia.