Abdoulie G. Dibba
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in partnership withADAPTING AGRICULTURE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the government of The Gambia,
on Wednesday engaged stakeholders in a day long inception workshop on
“Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change in The Gambia” held atParadise Suites Hotel in Kololi.
The inception workshop was organised by FAO and the Gambia government
with funding from the Global Environmental Facility and meant to
kick-start a process for developing a full project proposal that will
be submitted to GEF by the end of January 2016.
The objectives of the inception workshop, according to the organisers,
include the introduction of draft project components, expected
outcomes, and the proposed work plan prioritized during the Project
Identification Form preparation stage.
The draft project components are as follows:-
Component 1: Strengthening of institutional    and technical capacity
for adaptation to climate change in agriculture sector

Component 2: Assessment of vulnerabilities, risks and dissemination of
timely risk information to users at all levels

Component 3:  Promoting  diversification  of livelihood strategies
and  intensification  of agriculture production, processing and

Component 4: Improved livestock production and management practices
for sustaining livelihoods of local communities

Component 5: Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management
The project is proposed to intervene in two Districts in the Lower
River Region, ten Districts in Central River Region, seven Districts
in Upper River Region and seven Districts in the North Bank Region.

The occasion was graced by the FAO Assistant Representative, Mariatou
Faal Njie, the Executive Director of the National Environment Agency
(NEA), Ndey Sireng Bakurin and the permanent secretary Ministry of
Agriculture, Ousman Jammeh.