As part of activities taking place at the ongoing sixth edition of the Trade Fair Gambia, officials of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Wednesday introduced what it called Food Security through Commercialisation of Agriculture (FSCA).
The project, funded by an Italian donor agency and implemented by FAO, operates in the North Bank and Central River Regions. Through the project, women are trained for three years on quality food preservation for local consumption and export. Their products include cashew, groundnut paste, pepper, honey, findi among others.
Speaking at the forum, one of the beneficiaries, Amie Jallow-Jatta, from Njawara village in North Bank Region, thanked FAO and its sponsors for their support. She shared with the participants the gains of the project, which she said has helped them develop in terms of knowledge and skillsJallow-Jatta also indicated that the project has enabled them to make a little profit to take care of their family needs; such as paying the school fees for their children, putting food on the table, and so on.
Other beneficiaries including Ndey Gallan, a local juice seller; Michel Jarra, cake decorator; and Jali Yassin, all spoke about the importance of the project to their socio-economic development.