WFP The Gambia Country Brief, May 2017



  • WFP, FAO and Government of The Gambia partners national 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 schoolchildren and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in 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.

  • Training on implementation of community procurement - cash transfer model was provided for 12 schools in six regions. The schools are being shifted to this model following the phasing out of the caterer model as recommended by a joint internal review conducted by the Government and WFP.

  • Preparations are on the way for the launching of the joint nutrition project (Envelope B) that is being implemented by WFP, FAO, UNICEF and the government counterparts. The launch is scheduled for 8 June in West Coast Region.

  • A two-day national consultation forum on Purchase from African for Africa took place in May 2017. The discussions was centred on institutional capacity strengthening and coordination in linking public demand to smallholder farmers. Participants included farmers, government officials, NGOs and UN Agencies. WFP and FAO staff from Rome attended the forum.

  • WFP conducted orientation and training on treatment of moderate acute malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women for government counterparts in Lower River and Central River Region.

  • WFP participated in the commemoration of International Women’s Day in Upper River Region.
    The theme for this year’s celebration is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.
    WFP provided gardening support to women’s farmer associations.

  • WFP participated in joint monitoring of UN supported project activities in West Coast and Lower River Region. Among WFP supported project sites, Nioro Jattaba and Janack school meals (cash transfer) programmes were visited.