D130M Project to Enhance Gambia’s Competitiveness in Onion Value Chain

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: A hundred and thirty million dalasi project is expected to enhance The Gambia’s competitiveness in the onion value chain within West Africa, the European Union said in a statement Wednesday.

The project, funded by the EU, is expected to improve the performance and growth of agriculture especially the onion value chain.

It is aimed at stimulating Gambia’s contribution into the regional and international trading system while providing support to farmer-based associations, smallholders farmers and national quality infrastructure institutions that are responsible for conformity assessment.

“With the accelerating number of COVID-19 cases in the country and globally, it is most likely that this crisis will continue for some time… the European Union is …working on the economic recovery post-pandemic,” EU Ambassador Attila Lajos said.

The EU said it is important to find ways to reopen economies after government-imposed restrictions all around raised the need boost local productions, small businesses formalisation, regional cooperation and market linkages.

Lajos said The Gambia should take advantage of its 45% arable land and strengthen its local productions. He said this new project will contribute to job creation and growth through sub-regional value chain linkages.

It is to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) within the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP).

The initiative is part of the WACOMP regional programme in West Africa. It complements another EU-funded action implemented by United Purpose (UP).

UNIDO will focus on the development of export capabilities, connection to international markets, quality infrastructure, Food and Safety quality standards whereas UP will focus on MSMEs capacity building on production.

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