GCAV BASELINE REPORT VALIDATED

AbdoulieG.Dibba
The Gambia Commercial Agriculture and Value Chain Management Project(GCAV) GCAV BASELINEunder the Central Project Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday 12thMarch 2015, at the Baobab Hotel validated the Baseline Study Draft Report Document of GCAV.The  Project Coordinator of GCAV, Mr. FalaloTouray noted that the main objective of this Baseline Study for GCAV was to identify, collect, describe and analyse baseline values for the specific indicators pertinent to the project’s results framework that will serve as benchmarks for assessing project outputs, outcomes and impact on beneficiaries in the project intervention areas.
According to him, the two interlinked surveys were carried out in the
Central River Regions (North and South), the West Coast Region, and
North Bank Region.
In West Coast Region and North Bank Region he said, the survey
focussed on farmers engaged in vegetable and mango production whilst in Central River Regions (North and South), the focus was on rice
producers.
In conclusion, Mr Touray challenged the participants to critically
look at the document and map out the way forward by making key
recommendations in order to ensure that the document meet its
expectation.
In officially opening the validation of the Baseline study for the
GCAV project Permanent Secretary 2 at the Ministry of Agriculture Mr.
Sheriffo Bojang stated that GCAV is one of the six projects that are
currently being implemented under the Ministry of Agriculture and that
it is a five Year project of 27 million dollar funded by the World
Bank and the Gambia Government.
PS Bojang indicated that the baseline survey was commissioned as part
of the Monitoring and Evaluation system of the GCAV project and that
the baseline has two main important goals namely:-
“To provide information necessary to guide project implementation,
resources allocation, engagement, capacity building with partnership
and community based organization;
“To provide benchmarks on the current status quo with specific
reference to the set goals, objectives, indicators that the project
was designed to achieve. Critical among this is that by 2019, the
project will increase the production of rice by up to 46,000 tonnes,
increase yield by 100% from the current estimates of 1 ton per
hectare`.He noted that the project among other things envisages increasing
production and productivity of selected commodities such as rice, vegetables and mangoes that are important for the attainment of food and nutrition security but also poverty reduction as envisaged in the GNAIP and vision 2016.
PS Bojang asserted that the baseline survey, midterm review, project
completion report and impact evaluation are very important
interconnected documents which are always referred to throughout the lifespan of a project to guide what is to be done and to help attribute change to what has been done.
He pointed out that in January 2015, this baseline survey of the
project was technically reviewed by the Ministry of Agriculture
Monitoring and Evaluation Technical working groups and that their
comments have been incorporated in draft. He thanked Toumani
consulting and the management of GCAV for the performance.
After the opening, Dr Badara Loum made a presentation of the baseline
survey in which he stated that the baseline is in twenty-four chapters which are as follows:-
Chapter one deals with Introduction, chapter two deals with Literature
Review, chapter three deals with Household Demographic Profile of
Respondents, chapter four deals with Farming Practices, chapter five
deals with Provision of Support Services, chapter six  deals with
Ownership of Productive Assets, chapter seven deals with Post Harvest
Handling of Produce, chapter eight deals with Marketing Arrangements
for Produce, chapter nine deals with Group Formation and Capacity
Building, chapter ten deals with Income and Credit, chapter eleven
deals with Analysis of Survey Results for Rice Producers in CRR,
chapter twelve deals with Farm Practices, chapter thirteen deals with
Irrigation, chapter fourteen deals with  Input Source and Utilization
for Rice Production, chapter fifteen deals with Post Harvest Handling,
chapter sixteen  deals with Marketing of Rice, chapter seventeen deals
with  Group Information and Capacity Building, chapter eighteen deals
with  Provision of Support Services, chapter nineteen deals with
Existence of Development Organisations, chapter twenty deals with
House Hold Productive Assets, chapter twenty one deals with  Income
and Credit, chapter twenty two deals with  Situational Analysis of
GCAV Intervention Sites, chapter twenty – three deals with  Focus
Group Discussions and the final Chapter  in the baseline is chapter
twenty- four which deals with Conclusions and Recommendations.