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Talks with Gambia's Agriculture and Fisheries ministers

Focus on promoting youth in agriculture

3 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Gambia’s Minister for Agriculture Ismaila Sanyang and the country’s Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs and Fisheries, Lamin Nyabally, in Rome to attend the 153th FAO Council. 

The discussion touched upon the success of the Gambia in getting its Vision 2016 programme successfully implemented. In addition to the ambitious programme, the Gambian government is working on rising employment in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture for youth in order to improve income for rural people and reduce migration.

Both ministers highlighted the importance of gender and climate change as two of the cross-cutting issues that they are mainstreaming into their development programmes and projects.

FAO Director-General commended Gambia’s President and its government for making  agriculture a priority, rising their productivity and diversifying agricultural activities.

For his part, Da Silva encouraged the government to pursue its effort on small scale mechanization for family farmers and capacity development through the existing farms centres.

Watch the ministers' remarks on cooperation with FAO for agricultural development and their views on the impact of climate change in agriculture.