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FAO Director-General lauds Gambia for achieving hunger target

Graziano da Silva meets Gambia’s Minister of Agriculture at the sidelines of COAG

FAO Director-General with Gambia’s Minister of Agriculture.

3 October 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva José Graziano met Gambia’s Minister of Agriculture at the sidelines of FAO’s Committee of Agriculture (COAG) which ends today.

The FAO chief praised Gambia for having achieved the Millennium Development Goal 1 hunger target of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015. Gambia has reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 13.3 percent in 1990-92, to 6.0 percent in 2012-14.

In this context, Graziano da Silva invited Gambia to participate in an event to be held in December in Rome to recognize the countries that have made remarkable progress in the fight against hunger.

South-South Cooperation

Discussions also touched upon the implementation of a new variety of  cassava brought into the country from Gabon and which has been successfully planted in three regions. The new variety was developed by the Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA) and has proven to be more resistant hence improving yields. 

'Gambia: Vision 2016': a way to self-sufficiency

Da Silva also congratulated the Minister for the formulation of the “Gambia: Vision 2016”, a programme which aims to make the country free from having to import rice.

Both the campaign and the agriculture sector strategy were designed to contribute to realizing Gambia’s goals for food security and eradicating poverty. “FAO will continue its support,”  the FAO Director-General said.

Gambia’s minister also thanked FAO for its support strengthening the Animal Health and Production Unit and requested FAO’s continued assistance in disease control and surveillance programmes.