Signature ceremony for Food Aid

On December 18th 2012, Mrs. Aminata Drammeh, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the High Commission of the Republic of The Gambia to the Republic of Senegal, and His Excellency Mr. Hiroshi Fukada, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of The Gambia attended a signature ceremony for a Grant Aid project entitled « Food Aid Fiscal Year 2012».

In fact, The Gambia imports the majority of food including rice and its self-sufficiency rate in food is still low (under 50 %), despite the increasing of the crop yield year by year. Moreover, the food shortage become more serious because of the impact of climate change on the rainy season in recent years. This is why 5,400 tons of rice are granted to consolidate food security based on The Gambian Government request.

Since 1980, Japan conducted food aid (rice, wheat flour) 16 times and its total value reached to 37 million USD.

During the ceremony, Her Excellency Vice President Saidy expressed her gratitude for long term cooperation provided by Japan. Then, she said that this aid will help The Gambian Government to consolidate food security. She acknowledged that these aids will benefit to poor population who is victim of the disasters.