Gambia - Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 May 2013
Signature Date 28 May 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 19,467,213.11
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Gambia has a narrow economic base relying heavily on agriculture, which provides employment for about 75% of the labor force. Performance of the sector has fluctuated, contributing on average 22.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012, and a growth rate of 4%. Despite its potential, agricultural production evidences low and unpredictable yields and high susceptibility to droughts and erratic climate patterns. The sector is basically rain-fed, with only 3% of the arable land estimated under irrigation. The prevalence of drought as a climatic phenomenon was very severe in 2011 to the extent that the gains in the sector were almost completely wiped-off in a single year’s drought situation. The Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP) seeks to reduce rural household poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition (stakeholders resilience) through increased agricultural production and productivity, and commercialization. The FASDEP will be implemented over a five-year period, and it covers three administrative regions comprising of four agricultural regions namely :(i) Central River Region-North (CRR-N) ; (ii) Central River Region-South (CRR-S) ; (iii) Lower River Region (LRR) ; and (iv) West Coast Region (WCR), where poverty and food insecurity is endemic, when compared to other regions in Gambia. The total cost of the project is USD 27.3 million consisting of USD 26.6 million from GAFSP (Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme) and USD 0.7 million from the GoTG (Governement of The Gambia).

Project Objectives

The key outcomes will be: benefitting about 88% project beneficiaries (vulnerable women group and the youth) with reduced constraints hindering agricultural production and productivity. Through this project, natural resources will be protected on a sustainable basis; market led private sector environment to foster smallholder commercialization promoted; and improved food security and nutritional status of vulnerable groups and households guaranteed. The main outputs of the project include increased agricultural productivity and production.


The total number of beneficiaries is 240,000 in the targeted regions comprising 150,000 women and 30,000 men, and the rest being the active 60,000 youths. This also translates into a total of 30,000 beneficiary households (8.3 persons per household), representing about 42% of total households in project area and about 20% of the population involved in agriculture.

Participating Organization

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
Government Of Gambia
Department of State for Agriculture


IATI identifier 46002-P-GM-AA0-013
Last Update 26 May 2020


Contact Details


Geographic Location

Country Gambia
Coordinates Location Name
13.25 -16.3333 Western Division
13.2333 -15.8167 Sintet
13.4667 -14.8333 Sare Ngai
13.3 -15.8333 Sankandi
13.7167 -14.9833 Sanguleh
13.7167 -14.9833 Safalu
13.7833 -14.9833 Nyangan
13.3 -15.8333 Nioro Jattaba
13.5833 -14.9167 Central River Division
13.4 -15.66 Lower River Division