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The Gambia: African Development Fund approves additional $3.3 million financing for Rice Value Chain Transformation Program | African Development Bank

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The Board of Administrators of the African Improvement Financial institution Group has accepted a grant of $3.5 million from the African Improvement Fund’s Transition Help Facility as further financing for a rice worth chain transformation venture within the Gambia.

The Rice Worth Chain Transformation Program was began in December 2018, with complete grant financing of $7 million from the African Improvement Fund, the Financial institution’s concessional lending window, and the Transition Help Facility. The venture’s aim is to enhance farm incomes, rural livelihoods, meals and diet safety within the nation. Thus, it targets the manufacturing, processing, and advertising and marketing of rice within the Gambia, in addition to lowering imports.

The extra financing will deal with offering backed inputs in addition to coverage reforms destined to scale up meals manufacturing. This contains offering climate-resilient inputs at backed charges to smallholder farmers and enhancing the prevailing farmers’ registration database for sensible supply of subsidies and focused extension providers.

The extra financing venture builds on the prevailing seed and fertilizer distribution techniques within the Gambia, developed by the Financial institution, and can discover digital approaches to delivering sensible backed inputs to farmers and susceptible teams resembling girls and youth.

The federal government of The Gambia made a request for help from the African Improvement Financial institution in Might 2022, following the influence of the Russia-Ukraine disaster, to allow the nation to satisfy its meals manufacturing wants for 2022 and 2023.

On Might 20, the African Improvement Financial institution  accepted an African Emergency Meals Manufacturing Facility to carry aid to some 20 million smallholder farmers throughout the continent. This contains supplying farmers with high-quality wheat, rice, maize and soya seeds and fertilizer, together with an array of technical help providers. The target is to provide an extra 38 million tons of meals – price $12 billion – in Africa over the following two years.

The Gambian authorities has taken main strides in assembly meals and dietary safety over the previous few years, particularly the manufacturing of grains and help to agro-commodity worth chains. Nevertheless, a dependence on imports, significantly of fertilizers, and different foodstuffs, has deepened the nation’s vulnerability to exterior shocks. The Gambia has been affected by a hike in fertilizer costs on the worldwide market, with the worth of fertilizer rising by greater than a 100% for the reason that starting of the yr.

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