Saturday, September 30

NACOFAG, ROOTS Project support NAFP to conduct regional consultation forum

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The National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Associations the Gambia (NACOFAG) in collaboration with the ROOTS Project has supported the National Association of Food Processors (NAFP) in its drive to conduct a regional consultation forum for the 6 Agricultural Regions and the Greater Banjul Area. 

The objective of the consultation is to reorganize the membership of the association, its Regional committees, and governance structure in terms of roles and responsibilities, access to information, markets, and stakeholders’ partnership building at the regional levels.

The consultation will also pave the way for the preparation of the Association Regional and National Congresses through a decentralization approach. 

Before the congresses, the event will also highlight the mapping and identification of the addresses, contacts, gender, and the three main products of each of the Processors.

 The establishment of Regional and National WhatsApp groups, emails, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook accounts is central to the Consultation.

 The consultation will also feature regional radio talk shows regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Association towards household food, nutrition, income, and employment security as well as stressing contract negotiations with the producers, especially for those in rice, vegetables, poultry, and cereal production units.

However, the project is expected to support the institutional strengthening of the Association by supporting the establishment of the secretariat of the association, processing center, and capacity building along the value chain, especially on the packaging, labeling, branding, quality, safety, standards, and certification. 

NACOFAG thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for itscollaboration and support with the farmers and farmer organizations.