|Approval Date||15 Jul 2022|
|Signature Date||09 Aug 2022|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Dec 2024|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|Sector||Agriculture and Rural Development|
|DAC Sector Code||31110|
The proposed operation is a Transition Support Facility (TSF) grant of UA 2.5 million as Additional Financing for the Rice Value Chain Transformation Programme (RVCP) in The Gambia. This project is designed as an additional financing emergency support to the on-going Bank-financed project Rice value Chain Transformation Project with the main aim of scaling up the RVCTP Component 1- Production and Productivity enhancement, in addition to complementary reforms components to avert the looming food crisis as a result of the conflict and build the resilience within the national food system to reduce its reliance of imports. The main concern for the Government of The Gambia is to ensure access to affordable and good quality inputs for smallholder farmers for the 2022/2023 cropping season. Therefore, building on the structure of the RVCP Component 1- Production and Productivity Enhancement, the additional financing – the Gambia African Emergency Food Production Facility (AEFPF) will focus on i) the provision of subsidised fertilizer input using the RVCP platform, ii) enhancing the farmer registration database/platform to promote delivery of smart subsidies and enhance extension services for farmers, and iii) strengthen agriculture policy reforms within the fertilizer subsector.
The purpose of the additional financing under the African Emergency Food Production Facility (AEFPF) which will be known as the Gambia AEFPF, is to reduce the impact of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict on food production and nutritional security in the Gambia. Its objective is to increase food production, to avert food crisis and build the resilience of value chain actions for future shocks. It will be achieved through the provision of fertilizer and certified climate smart seeds of groundnuts, to registered smallholder farmers, with an average production of 0.5ha. The Ministry of Agriculture will also be supported to enhance the capacity of RVCP database of registered input beneficiary farmers, agro-dealers along with limited support for targeted extension services and a carefully identified policy-based studies that will guide to shape the fertilizer policy and legal environment for the future of subsidy provision in the country.
The target population is 20,000 smallholder farmers (of which 40% are women and 20% are youth) across the entire country. This is the expansion of the RVCP database targeting smallholder farmers that will access the subsidized inputs through the database. The targeted beneficiaries are not limited to rice farmers, they will include maize, legumes (groundnut), millet and sorghum. Thus, the AEFPF project is targeting men and women farmers across the country that can access the subsidized inputs and farmers that have been supported by the WB-GIRAV project of 750Mt of certified seeds.
Fragile States Facility
DEPARTMENT OF STATE FRO AGRICULTURE
|Last Update||06 Dec 2022|