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Emergency rehabilitation of the productive capacity of households affected by the 2012 severe weather conditions in the Gambia

Emergency rehabilitation of the productive capacity of households affected by the 2012 severe weather conditions in the Gambia

Full title of the project:

Emergency rehabilitation of the productive capacity of households affected by the 2012 severe weather conditions in the Gambia

Target areas:

19 most affected districts in the regions of the southern and northern Central River, the Lower River, the North Bank, the Upper River and the West Coast.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
Implementation:
08/06/2012-31/03/2013
Project code:
OSRO/GAM/202/USA
Objective:

To restore the livelihoods and increase the resilience of the vulnerable populations that were severely affected by the late start of the rainy season, long dry spells, early cessation of the 2011/12 cropping season and soaring food prices.

Key partners:

The Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and National Disaster Management Agency.

Beneficiaries reached:

A total of 33 865 farmers benefited from the seed distribution; this represents a higher number of beneficiaries reached than initially planned.

Activities implemented:
  • Carried out germination tests on delivered seeds by implementing partners to ensure quality of the seeds; and
  • distributed a total of 305 tonnes of quality seeds to beneficiaries in the 19 most affected districts, including: 50 tonnes of cowpea, 45 tonnes of groundnut, 60 tonnes of maize and 150 tonnes of rice.
Impact:
  • Contributed to plant a total area of 6 808 ha.
  • Improved crop production with an estimated total production of 6 613 885.
  • Enabled farmers to enhance their productive capacity and gain easy access to high quality and improved seeds.
  • Enabled households to sell their products, obtaining an estimated market value of USD 5 693 998.
  • Improved food access, individual food intake and the overall food security situation in the identified areas.