6 December 2012

Gambia: Women Trained On Food Processing

The Angela Horton Foundation, a charity organisation, on Wednesday started a four-day training workshop on food processing for women across the country. The workshop was held at the John Pickering Comprehensive Senior Secondary School in Lamin.

Speaking at the workshop, Kalipha Jobe, the executive director of Angela Horton Foundation, who doubles as the headmaster of Lamin Daranka Lower Basic School, revealed that the Angela Horton Foundation was founded in 1997 with the aim of training rural women in the country on how to tackle the mangoes and fruits that are wasted during the rainy season. He disclosed that the workshop would also mark the launching of their Charity Training Programme on mango fruit and food processing for rural women.

Giving the workshop outline Jobe informed that in the first day of the training workshop five women from the villages of Pirang, Berrending, Serrekunding, Lamin and Kuloro would be trained. Upon completing the training, he added, these women will go to their various villages and train 20 women in the village. He thanked the Gambian Growth and Competiveness Project (GGCP) for funding the training.

For his part, Modou Njie, the fund manager of the Maritan Grand Fund disclosed that their project is to assist NGOs and other micro enterprises. He spoke at length on the importance of the workshop, saying it will help to increase sales and reduce the total number of the wasted mangoes during rainy season. Njie urged the participants to take the training seriously and to share the knowledge with colleagues to ensure rapid development.

The horticultural manager of Gambia Growth and Competiveness Project (GGCP), Mamour Sey, told the gathering that the GGCP has the objective to make Gambian projects more visible to the world market and to make business grow rapidly in The Gambia. He urged the participants to take the training seriously.

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