Weekly Situation Report on Joint Emergency Response to address Severe Crop Failure in The Gambia in 2011/12 - Issue 01

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1 . Highlights

  • On 6 March 2012 the Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of the Government of The Gambia declared a national emergency and called for international assistance to address the consequences of a severe crop failure which hit The Gambia in the 2011/12 agricultural season.

  • The UN-System is finalizing a Joint CERF Rapid Response proposal with the objective of saving lives and preventing acute malnutrition of the population most affected by the crop failure (428,000 people). In parallel, UN agencies are scaling up existing operations and mobilizing resources through internal mechanisms.

  • The Government of The Gambia together with the UN-System and other humanitarian partners is finalizing the preparations of a multi-sector needs assessment with the objective of completing pending data needs in preparation of a joint emergency response

  • On 27 February 2012, IMF organized a joint meeting with Government, UN-System and Diplomatic corps accredited to The Gambia on the situation of crop failure and its threat to the Gambian economy. The need for urgent action by the Government of The Gambia to declare an emergency has been stressed with a view of mobilizing resources, while the supporting role of UN agencies and development partners is further underlined.