Director-General  QU Dongyu

Readout of meeting between FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and Amie Fabureh Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of the Gambia

27/07/2021

27 July 2021, Rome - The FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu today met with Amie Fabureh Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of the Gambia.

The Minister and the Director-General shared views on the agriculture sector of the Gambia and discussed ways in which FAO could support the country become more self-sufficient in terms of production. The Minister noted that the top priorities were those of rice, millet and poultry production, given that these are key stable foods for the population. Specifically she highlighted the need for innovation and technology to improve productivity, while noting the low investment received in this regard.

The Director-General appreciated the Minister’s vision, and shared his insights with her on how improved and hybrid crop varieties can achieve higher production needs. He noted that given the Gambia’s subtropical climate these varieties could be a viable solution for productivity concerns. The Director-General also agreed with the Minister that close attention to innovation and the creation of value-added would be key for better productivity, as well as youth engagement in the sector. He assured the Minister of FAO’s continued support.

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