FAO in the Gambia


FAO Priorities in Gambia


“End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s (FAO) work on Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2—Zero Hunger), represents 80% of what FAO does worldwide, and is at the heart of FAO’s efforts since establishing in The Gambia in 1978. Since then, FAO has provided vital technical support to the Gambian Government for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resources sectors. Over the years, FAO implemented more than 130 projects. The organization is currently supporting the country in policy formulation, most recently the Gambia's Food Fortification Regulation 2020, launched in 2021. FAO also implements programmes and projects for improved food security, nutrition and resilience in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. With its vast and unexploited farming land resources, The Gambia has the potential to increase agricultural production, reduce imports of fruits and vegetables, and drastically reduce levels of food insecurity that affects 4.6% of the total population in the analyzed regions of the Gambia according to the October 2021 Cadre Harmonise data.


As a specialized agency of the United Nations, FAO is leading international efforts to defeat hunger through its technical capacity, monitoring expertise and rich experience building partnerships and shaping policy. FAO’s current Country Programming Framework 2018-2022 aligns with four of the Gambian Government’s priority areas in the National Development Plan:

(i) Enhance enabling environment and capacity development for increased, sustainable and diversified agriculture, fisheries production and nutrition;

(ii) Sustainable natural resources management for climate change adaptation and mitigation;

(iii)Strengthen food, agriculture and natural resources value chains for income generation and job creation;

(iv) Strengthen resilience and capacities for disaster risk reduction and management, and climate change adaptation and mitigation