Gambia

Gambia

In the past

Faced with the lingering effects of the 2012 food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel, high food prices, recurrent natural disasters, animal disease outbreaks and plant infestations, many families in the Gambia struggle to feed themselves and their families. Approximately two-thirds of the population are currently food insecure.

FAO is focused on restoring the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities in the Gambia, while at the same time, rebuilding their resilience to shocks that pose a threat to food security.

Assessing humanitarian and livelihood needs

The Gambia is a food-deficient country, contributing to only half of its food consumption needs, with less than 10 percent of rice – the country’s staple crop – produced locally. One of the main constraints to rice production in the Gambia is the red billed quela quela bird – a plant pest which is causing significant losses to crops and threatening the food security of farming families across the lower river region of the country. Approximately 600 ha of rice fields have been affected thus far.

FAO is currently carrying out a rapid assessment to better understand the extent of the damage as well as the humanitarian and livelihood needs of the affected farmers.

Combating transboundary animal diseases

Livestock production is carried out nationwide by almost all rural households in the Gambia. However, transboundry animal diseases – which can wipe out entire herds and adversely affect human health – is the biggest risk to farming families who depend on livestock production for their livelihood.

By carrying out vaccination campaigns against common animal diseases, FAO aims to improve animal health conditions and minimize the spread of transboundary animal diseases to other parts of the country. To prevent future outbreaks, FAO is training Government staff to improve disease detection, surveillance and reporting. FAO has also helped the Government to develop a five-year plan for the control and eradication of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia – the biggest threat to cattle production in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

More about the country

 - Key Points: Food situation remains good in the region with new harvests. The off season crop campaign in the region is ongoing. Niger recorded a forage production deficit. Locust ...read more
10/02/2017
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/06 to 31/08/2017. Compare it with the previous one.
09/01/2017
 - Les points essentiels: Les prévisions régionales de la production agricole sont en hausse par rapport à la moyenne des cinq dernières années. Toutefois, des baisses de la ...read more
09/01/2017
 - Key points The decrease in rainfall marks the end of the main agricultural campaign across West Africa and the Sahel. Floods affect 123 000 people in Niger. In Niger, the ...read more
15/12/2016
 - Key points Normal to above normal harvest and pasture production expected for the 2016/2017 cropping season. Spread of the Rift Valley fever in the region of Tahoua in ...read more
24/10/2016
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/10 to 31/12/2016. Compare it with the previous one.
09/10/2016
 - Key points Relatively well-distributed rainfall in most of the region with above normal in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. Normal availability of pastures in the pastoral ...read more
26/09/2016
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/08 to 31/08/2016. Compare it with the previous one.
16/09/2016
 - Key points: Alarming food situation among IDPs in Maiduguri in Borno State - Nigeria. Progressive and near-final installation of the 2016-2017 crop year. The FAO food price index continues to rise since ...read more
22/08/2016
 - Keys points: In Chad, food insecurity has deteriorated over the last three years in the Sahelian belt regions. Average rainfall to slightly surplus is very likely on the Sahelian belt. Alarming humanitarian ...read more
23/06/2016