Apr 15, 2015

Staff of Margaret A Cargill Foundation end two-day visit to Gambia

The programme director of the Margaret A Cargill Foundation Mark Peter Lindberg and Charmaine Brett, programme officer, together with staff of ActionAid USA and ActionAid International recently ended a two-day visit to The Gambia.

The Standard Newspaper
April 13, 2015

The programme director of the Margaret A Cargill Foundation Mark Peter Lindberg and Charmaine Brett, programme officer, together with staff of ActionAid USA and ActionAid International recently ended a two-day visit to The Gambia.

The purpose of the visit was to see first-hand the project sites of the Agro-ecology and Resilience Project which the Foundation is funding. The team arrived in The Gambia from Senegal on 26th March. They were accompanied by the Country Director of ActionAid Senegal and her senior staff where a similar visit was made. In The Gambia, the team visited the project sites in the Central River Region.

On arrival in Bambakolong village, the team received a tumultuous welcome from the community with drumming and dancing.

Speaking at a brief meeting with the community, the Programme Director of the Foundation thanked the community for their warm welcome. He congratulated them on the successes registered so far and urged them to continue with the important progress made.

The team visited the seeds store and milling machine provided by the project. Expressing her profound appreciation for the milling machine, a beneficiary Fatou Gano said: “I used to pound ten big cups (about 20 kilograms) of grains manually and by the time I finish it’s almost sunset. Sometimes my daughter has to do the pounding for me which results in her going to school late. The milling machine has brought a big relief for me and my family. I can now pound my grains with the machine within a very short period and go and sleep.”

The team then proceeded to the beehives belonging to one of the beneficiaries of the project who was trained in beekeeping.

In Ngawarr village, the team visited a sample Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) farmer, Gawlo Sabally who attested to the benefits derived from the support he received from the project and how it is changing his life and the lives of his family. Gawlo was among those smallholder farmers supported with quality seeds and trained on soil fertility enhancement (compost making, mixed cropping, intercropping). After receiving the training, he was able to train 138 other smallholder farmers within and outside Ngawarr. Gawlo stated that he is not only utilising the knowledge gained from the project for his own advancement, but is also sharing it with other farmers in and outside his community.

In Sareh Annis village (Annis Kunda) which is predominantly a Fula community, the team was welcomed with Fula songs and a demonstration of Fula traditional wedding.

Speaking on behalf of the tie, dye and batik beneficiaries, Kaddy Touray expressed her appreciation and thanks to the Foundation.She disclosed that the tie & dye and batik initiative had significantly changed the lives and livelihood of the women in Sareh Annis in that it has enabled women to gain their own income,  contribute to providing basic needs of the family such as food, school-related expenses, medical expenses, and clothing.

Full article available at The Standard Newspaper.

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