Gambia

WFP The Gambia Country Brief, April 2017

Format
Situation Report
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Highlights

  • WFP, FAO and government partners conducted regional community consultations on Purchase from African for Africans with the objective of identifying challenges, constraints and potential for production across the value chain.

Operational Updates

  • A total of 80, 229 school children and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in the month of April. WFP provided food assistance to pre and primary school children in Greater Banjul Area,
    West Coast, Lower River, Central River, North Bank and Upper River Regions.

  • WFP, FAO and government partners conducted regional community consultations on Purchase from African for Africa project in April. Discussions were held with smallholder farmers, producers, processors and aggregators. The main objective of the consultation is to find out about challenges, constraints, and potential for production across the value chain. The discussions also touched on institutional capacity strengthening and coordination in linking public demand to farms. A national consultation forum is scheduled to take place in May 2017.

  • A review of the school meals cash transfer pilot (caterer-managed and community-managed models) was conducted to assess the practical aspects and lessons from the pilot phase. In consultation with the Government, the communitymanaged model will continue.

  • In April, WFP participated in the Joint Donor Review Mission of the Education sector together with other stakeholders who provide support to the sector.

  • Preparation plans for the resumption of nutrition prevention and treatment activities under a joint nutrition project with FAO and UNICEF have commenced. These activities were previously suspended under the PRRO due to funding constraints.