€7.6 million Home Grown School Feeding Programme kicks off in the Gambia

A €7.6 million food security programme in The Gambia was formally launched yesterday with a two-day inception workshop which brought together key stakeholders, seeking to discuss improving food security through crop production intensification and The Gambia's school feeding programme.

The meeting was organised by Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and funded by the European Commission (EU) to support the Government of The Gambia accelerate progress towards reaching Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 that of reducing the proportion of people who suffer from hunger between 1990 and 2015 by half.

The initiative was formerly launched on 1 June in Pakaliba, Lower River Region, and is now currently part of The Gambia's overall development project which seeks to establish sustainable commercialised agriculture facilitating the foundation of a nationally-led Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) Programme.

Delivering the opening statement, Ada Gaye, Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Agriculture, recalled that in adopting the Millennium Declaration Protocol in year 2000, world leaders committed to working towards the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with 2015 set as the target year.

"The MDGs commit the international community to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women," he said. With few years to the target year, signals show that many countries are falling to achieve some critical MDGs, among which is MDG1; i.e. eradicating hunger and extreme poverty,” he continued.

Permanent Secretary Gaye went further to explain that this declaration brought together major goals that emerged from international conferences and summits during the 1990s.

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