This project works with women in the Central River region of Gambia, developing their literacy skills as a means to helping improve food security.
Frequently working in farming, the women have traditionally received little formal education but most have developed some literacy skills through informal programmes run by non-governmental organisations. However, they have been unable to use these skills to help improve their quality of life.
The project works with the women to help them apply their literacy skills to their everyday lives. In particular, it introduces them to modern farming techniques through relevant literature. The materials include information about land preparation, fertilisers, pesticides and seed selection. Written in the women’s own language, the materials will help them apply new farming techniques to improve food security in their communities.
Up to 1,000 women hope to benefit from the scheme, with learning centres established in 10 districts within the region. At the end of their three months of training, the women will have the opportunity to apply for certification through the National Training Authority.
Through the project, the women will have both the opportunity to further improve their literacy whilst also learning new farming techniques which they can use to help increase yields.