Gambia - Emergency Relief to Drought Victims

Project Summary

Approval Date 30 Apr 2003
Signature Date 14 Jul 2003
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2004
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2004
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 325,928.24
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed emergency relief operation will be used to support the revival of food production and alleviate the suffering of some 235,000 people affected by the 2002 drought in 10 districts of the country. This emergency assistance includes the following components: (i) Seed supply, such as early millet (360 tonnes), late millet (72 tonnes), sorghum (176 tonnes), maize (270 tonnes), paddy (640 tonnes) and groundnuts unshelled (200 tonnes) Depending on cultural practices and ecological zones, each household should receive an average of 35 kg of seeds. The supply of 1,618 tons of seed, all species combined, will help raise food production to the level of 2001; (ii) the deepening of 52 existing wells and the construction of 30 new wells will increase the availability of safe drinking water in the affected communities. Eight wells on average will be built or deepened to increase the availability of drinking water in each community. The project will help accelerate the recovery of the sector, particularly with a view to food security. The Bank Group's contribution to the financing of the EMOP is US$ 500,000.

Project Objectives

The project aims to complement the efforts of the Gambian Government and other donors to provide urgent assistance to people affected by the devastating effects of the drought that has caused food shortages. The objective of the relief programme is to provide seeds for the next cropping season as well as construct/re-deepen wells to provide sufficient drinking water.


The beneficiaries are the populations of the affected communities estimated at about 235,000 people, mostly women and children.

Participating Organization

Special Relief Funds
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
United Nations Development Program


IATI identifier 46002-P-GM-AA0-010
Last Update 07 Aug 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Gambia