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 marketing 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.]]>

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