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ADB to give Gambia, others US$231 million to fight food insecurity

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The statement read: “This grant will help the critical emergency operators in the Sahel to tackle the high level of food insecurity and malnutrition in the region. The programme focuses on nutrition and the use of second generation ICTs, such as mobile phones, to facilitate better access to markets and prediction of crises and disasters. It will be implemented under four five-year project-segments in three components including rural infrastructure development, value chains and regional markets development as well as project management.

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“The statement said the grant was for funding of a programme tagged: ‘Building Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel.’ The programme involves member-countries of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel. The CILIS countries include The Gambia Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. According to the statement, the P2RS project specifically seeks to sustainably increase agro-pastoral and fishery productivity and production in the Sahel.

Project 1 of the Programme to Build Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel (P2RS) will be implemented in seven countries namely The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. It will initially target the most vulnerable households especially smallholders, stock breeders and agro-pastoralists and traditional fishermen. About 180,000 farms and Small to Medium Size Enterprises will also be targeted. Special attention will be paid to women and children of tender age, specifically those within the period of 1,000 days from pregnancy to the age of 24 months. Thus, nutrition actions will cover 450,000 mothers and children. Overall, the number of direct and indirect beneficiaries impacted will be 3,030,000 people, 1,430,000 of them direct targets and 51% women and girls. 

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