By Ousman A. Marong
The Vice President, HE Lawyer Ousainou Darboe , Tuesday presided over the opening ceremony of the 34th Sub-Regional Food Crisis Prevention Network’s meeting held in Brufut town, Kombo South District of the West Coast Region.
The week-long event, organized by the Sahel and West African Club Secretariat, brought together regional food and nutrition security stakeholders who will discuss food and nutrition issues in the sub-region.
In his remarks, VP Darboe reiterated government’s continuous strive for food security in the country. He acknowledged the role of women in ensuring household food security.
The outgoing president of Sahel and West Africa Club, Franshua Abedadul, said food and nutrition solution remain a challenge for member-countries and called for proper implementations of projects for food and nutrition security.
On his part, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia, Atila Lajas, assured of his EU’s support in the fight against hunger and poverty.
He however expressed concerns that climate change continues to post serious threats to agriculture.
In a separate development, VP Ousainou Darboe, on Monday, 3rd, December 2018, received in audience several diplomats at State House.
The French head of Mission in The Gambia, Hugues Nordi; the Director General of the Africa Risk Capacity of the African Union, Mohamed Beavogui; and Gambia’s Ambassador at Large Dr. Ashie Gerneat, all paid a courtesy call on the Gambia’s Vice President Darboe.
Speaking to MAMOS TV after their audience with the Vice President, the French head of Mission said his discussion with the Vice President was centered on the already established bilateral relations between Banjul and Paris, and this, he said includes budget support which is already finalized and set to be signed.
Mr. Beavogui said the Africa Risk Capacity is a specialized agency of the African Union to help Member-States improve their capacities to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme natural disaster and promote food security for vulnerable populations.
For Dr. Ashin Wenguwa, he spoke on investment opportunities in The Gambia.