The Gambia: Zero Hunger gains momentum

Minister for Women’s Affairs appointed as chair of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review Advisory Board

Minister for Women’s Affairs, overseeing the Office of the Vice President (Centre) receives WFP, the Lead Convener and UN Partners. Photo: UNDP/Cecilia Senghore.

The recently launched National Zero Hunger Strategic Review (ZHSR) picks up pace in The Gambia with the full commitment of The Gambia Government through the Minister for Women’s Affairs. H.E. Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, overseeing the Office of the Vice President, will serve as the Chair of the decision-making body of this initiative — the Advisory Board, which comprises cabinet ministers, development partners including donors, the UN system, and heads of civil society organizations.

On Thursday 31st August 2017, H.E Aja Fatoumatta Tambajang welcomed in her office the UN Resident Coordinator Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative Angela Cespedes, Louise Agathe Yacine Tine and Mariatou Njie of FAO, and Ngashi Ngongo, UNICEF Representative a.i, as well the Lead Convener of the ZHSR, Musa Saihou Mbenga.

The meeting served as an opportunity to brief Her Excellency on the progress of the ZHSR, to appoint her Chair of the Advisory Board — which Her Excellency willingly accepted — and to discuss the next steps in identifying the country’s hunger gaps and challenges at central, regional and community levels.

The meeting will be followed by regional consultative sessions which will be led by Musa Mbenga, the Lead Convener, and a team of researchers specialised in agriculture, nutrition, gender and social protection, as well as policy and private sector issues.

The Zero Hunger Strategic Review is a country-led, open and multi-stakeholder consultative process involving all relevant partners. This initiative is facilitated by WFP with the objective of supporting the Government of The Gambia in accelerating progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2 aiming to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” This is particularly important because achieving SDG 2 supports progress towards other SDGs and vice versa.

The findings of this national review will provide a baseline of gaps in the national food security and nutrition response, in addition to identifying priority actions to achieve SDG 2. These priority actions will help inform the plans of national stakeholders and partners, including WFP and other UN agencies to better serve Gambian communities.



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