Government Endorses Key Proposals to Enhance Food Security and Agricultural Development

His Excellency, President Adama Barrow, presided over the 11th Cabinet Session which
endorsed several important proposals aimed at revitalizing The Gambia’s agricultural landscape.
President Barrow and Cabinet deliberated on proposals of the Minister of Agriculture, Dr.
Demba Sabally which includes the establishment of a Presidential Delivery Council to oversee
the effective implementation of the country’s Food and Agriculture Delivery Compact. This
strategic initiative underscores the Government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a
sustainable and resilient food system for all Gambians.
Furthermore, the Cabinet supported the proposal to rename the Ministry of Agriculture to
incorporate Livestock and Food Security, acknowledging the vital role of livestock farming in
strengthening food production and ensuring food security across the country. Therefore, the
ministry will now be named the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Security.
To recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of farmers and herders to the nation’s
sustenance, the Cabinet also approved the establishment of Farmers’ and Herders’ Day, ‘senela
lungo or besi beykat’ and ‘nyalandeh gainako’ respectively. This special occasion will serve
as a tribute to the tireless efforts of crop and livestock farmers in nourishing the populace and
driving agricultural prosperity.
Moreover, the Cabinet agreed on the proposal to revitalize the Food Security Council. This initiative
highlights the Government’s proactive approach to addressing food security challenges and fostering
collaboration among key stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
In a statement to journalists following the Cabinet meeting, the Minister of Information, Dr.
Ismaila Ceesay emphasized President Adama Barrow’s commitment to advancing agricultural
development and ensuring food security for all citizens. He reaffirmed the Government’s
prioritization of initiatives that promote sustainable agricultural practices and uplift the
livelihoods of farmers and herders across the country.