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Focused on the Lower Saloum District of Gambia’s Northern Central River Region, the project focuses on food security through the development of seed and cereal banks.

Much of the area’s population is subject to high levels of poverty, which is intensified by the climate. During August and September, traditionally the peak of the rainy season, there is often a shortage of food, both in terms of families’ own crops and through available money to buy food in markets. As a result, families are forced to sell their animals and possessions as a means of getting capital to purchase food. They often also go to work for wealthier households which means they are not able to work on their own farms. This continues the cycle as they are unable to maximise their own yields.

To reduce these problems, this project develops Community Management Committees to manage food security in 5 communities in the area. These committees manage seed and cereal banking schemes.

The schemes provide households with timely and affordable seed loan during the planting season together with cereal and grain loan during the rainy season. This will enable farmers to continue working on their farms, rather than having to go to the markets to sell their possessions or working for other families. They will then have the time and means to increase their farms’ productivity.

The Community Management Committees will be embedded in the local communities and will have control over the disbursal of seed and cereals. The loans will then be paid back in grain and seeds, so the cycle can continue to support more households. It will help households and communities to improve their food security and will hep to decrease the high poverty levels in the area.
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