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Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR), presentation by the Gambia


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Presentation by the Gambia at the meeting of the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR)
32nd RPCA annual meeting/32e réunion annuelle du RPCA
12-14 December 2016, Abuja, Nigeria

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Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (SEG-AGIR), presentation by the Gambia

  1. 1. Regional Directorate Urban Agriculture (ReDUA) DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DOA) Cape Point, Bakau MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE Phone (+ 220)9906740/7592330) email: Report on the process of the National Resilience Priorities formulation in the Gambia Presented By: Sheriffo Bojang, Honourable Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of The Gambia. ON The Occasion of the Food Crisis Prevention Meeting On Behalf of the Hon. of Minister of Agriculture, the Gambia. At 32nd Annual The Food Crisis Prevention Network meeting At Abuja, Nigeria From 12th to 16th December, 2016
  2. 2. Chairperson, President, ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissioners, President SWAC/OECD, Executive Secretary, CILSS, ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, UMEOA commissioner in charge of Agriculture, mining and commissioners of ECOWAS, UEMOA,and European Union , respectful Ministers of Agriculture, Minister in-charge of Agriculture and Environment and CILSS Coordinatng minister, representative of UN agencies, national and international Non-Governmental Organizations here present, organizing committee SWAC/OECD , distinguish guests ladies and gentlemen. During a high level consultative meeting held in Brussels on the 18th June 2012 on food insecurity in the Sahel, political decision makers of Sahelian and West African countries as well as their partners from the international community unanimously agreed upon the chronic and structural nature of factors underlying food and nutrition crises which affect the resilience of most vulnerable households and families in the Sahel and West Africa. Chairperson,The Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) in the Sahel and West African was launched on the 6th December 2012 in Ouagadougou through the adoption of a common declaration namely the “Ouagadougou Declaration’’. The Gambia like other countries in West Africa started the process together but had a set back until in April, 2015 when the country began to live up to expectation, thanks to effective supervision of the AGIR technical Unit of CILSS. From then on the country recorded the following achievements:-  Establishment of Stakeholders Dialogue Forum/Platform in May, 2015.  Participation in the Methodological training for the conduct of Country Inclusive Dialogue  Inauguration of the Stakeholder Dialogue Forum /Multi Stakeholders Platfom  Formulation of a road map  Conduct induction training on Policy Analyses organized by the focal point and National Consultant for thematic leaders.  National Launching of Country Inclusive Dialogue for the Gambia.  Step down training for thematic leaders and members of thematic group.  Members of the Stakeholders Dialogue Forum were group into 4 working groups base on specific objectives as follows;-
  3. 3. OBJECTIVE ONE (1) - Improve social protection for the most vulnerable households and communities in order to secure their livelihoods, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of health and Social Welfare , as lead institution. OBJECTIVE TWO (2) - Strengthen the nutrition of vulnerable households, National Nutrition Agency, Office of the Vice President as lead Institution. OBJECTIVE THREE (3) - Sustainably improve agricultural and food production, the incomes of vulnerable households and their access to food, Planning Service Unit, Ministry of Agriculture as lead institution OBJECTIVE FOUR (4) Strengthen governance in food and nutritional security, National Disaster Management Agency, Office of the President as lead Institution The Ministry of Agriculture led mass sensitization and awareness by holding district, regional and community levels which was shortly followed by the final validation of the draft National Resilience Priorities on Saturday 20th August, 2016 upon adequately sharing and receiving comments for a period for five (5) months. The total approximate budgets for the implementation of the National Resilience Priorities are as follows:- Approximate budget, Thirty five million three hundred and one thousand, one hundred and six and twenty United States dollars (USD35, 301,106.20) Funding already secured –Ten million five hundred and ninety thousand, three hundred and thirty one and eighty United States dollars (USD 10,590,331.80) through ADB, IFAD, World Bank funding in the Agriculture Land Development and watershed management Project, Gambia Commercial of Agriculture Project(GCAV), Food and Agriculture Support Development Project(FASDEP), Building Resilience Against Food And Nutrition Insecurity In The Sahel(P2RS), Strengthening Climate Resilience of the National Agriculture Land and Water Management Development Project.’Nema-chosso’
  4. 4. Funding gap:- Twenty four million seven hundred and ten thousand, seven hundred and seventy four and forty United States dollars(USD24,710,774.40). The report was submitted to the Government of the Gambia through The Focal Ministry and indeed shared with the AGIR Coordinator , CILSS. September, 2016. There were national workshops launching , inauguration of the Stakeholders Dialogue Forum/ National Steering Committee for AGIR thematic working session and National Validation. Chairperson, I must thank all partners who contributed in getting us to this level, Special commendation for the efforts of CILSS particularly the tremendous supervison and monitoring role of AGIR technical unit under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Issa Martin BIKIENGA. Back home thanked to the Government of the Gambia for creating an enabling environment, policies and strategies for rapid Agriculture transformation, The development of National Resilience Priorities which culminates the restitution of follow up to first Gambia National Investment Plan and the Agriculture and Resources Policies both these national blue prints were key documents use as a reference materials for the formulation of National Resilience Priorities for the Gambia. All major priorities were well captured Before concluding Chairperson I wish to register satisfaction for the efforts by bi-lateral partners FAO, UNDP, WFP , UNICEF.AAITG,and EU delegation to the Gambia for their untiring support throughout the process. The FAO office premises had been the second office of the AGIR focal point The Gambia. With this few remarks chairperson I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION.