Gambia

WFP The Gambia Country Brief, November 2017

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Highlights

  • Advisory Board of the Zero Hunger Strategic review validated draft recommendations

  • Four-day meeting conducted with relevant stakeholders to develop a national school meals programme.

  • Garden materials or 86 school in the Upper River Region were handed over tot the School Agriculture and Food Monitoring unit.

Operational Updates

• Advisory Board of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review, chaired by the Vice President, held a validation workshop of the main findings and recommendations on 23 November. The report was subsequently adopted with amendments. National launch ceremony of final report is scheduled to take place on 12 December.

• A four-day meeting to develop a National school meals programme was conducted in early November.
The meeting produced: a draft school meals policy implementation plan, hand-over plan (with technical assistance plan), national programme and a draft school meals code of conduct. A consultant has been recruited to support the process.

• Based on recommendations of both the study on fiscal space and school meals national programme, WFP has begun engagements with National Assembly through the Speaker.

• WFP collaborated with the World Bank in the mapping and assessment of social protection interventions in partnership with the Government, UN agencies, NGOs and European Union. In addition, several meetings were organized to discuss the establishment of a household registry in the Gambia for implementation of social protection programmes. In collaboration with the World Bank and the UN Social Protection Working Group, WFP is planning to support a study tour to Ghana with key government institutions to learn lessons from the steps they have taken to establish a household registry.

• Garden materials for 86 schools in the Upper River Region were handed to the School Agriculture and Food Monitoring unit, thanks to the support of the Government of Japan. The event was presided over by the Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Minister of Basic and Secondary, and covered by the press. A total of 688 tools were given to the participating schools including wheelbarrows, spades and rakes. The school garden materials will assist schools to improve dietary diversity and nutrition among schoolchildren. A total of 344 individuals attended a cluster training on how to plan, establish, and maintain a school garden using best gardening practices. To ensure sustainability, the headmaster, garden master, caretaker, and a mother’s club member from each of the targeted schools participated in the training.

• Two targeted and blanket supplementary feeding (TSF/BSF) distributions of specialized nutritious foods (SNFs) in four regions: LRR, NBR, CRR and URR to children aged 6-59 months during October and November 2017. Screening and registration data of children aged 6-59 months have also been consolidated and shared with cooperating partners.
Training was also conducted with cooperating partners on the reporting template with a view to enhancing availability of data.