As part of the Tekki-Fii – Building a Future: Make it in The Gambia project, IMVF and partner ADWAC – Agency For The Development of Women and Children, distributed garden tools and fertilizer to the Nyagen, Illiassa, Njoofen and Buniadu communities, in the North Bank Region (NBR) and Central River Region (CRR) of The Gambia, on the 15th and 16th of January, 2020.
Among the garden tools we find wheelbarrows, rakes, buckets, watering cans, shovels, and hoes that will hopefully ease women’s work on the production of fresh vegetables. Households, supermarkets and hotels demand, makes horticulture a sector of potentially profitable enterprise. It is in this light that IMVF is keen to promote agribusiness to create more jobs and improve income generation, especially for the youth and women.
“Please do take proper care of these materials. We have done our part to provide them. So, it is now your turn to take proper care of the tools so you wouldn’t have to go around having troubles or difficulties in your gardens because of the lack of tools,” IMVF Agribusinesses Manager, Pedro Palma Santos, told the beneficiaries emphasizing the need to ensure the sustainability of the given materials.
The President of Nyagen Women Gardeners, Aram Nyang, highlighted the importance of these tools, saying that they will be very helpful in the improvement of vegetable production in the community. She thanked IMVF and ADWAC for the intervention.
The distribution counted with the presence of Ministry of Agriculture’s officials, who also praised the initiative.
Previously, in November 2019, quality seeds were distributed to the same women’s groups and a tricycle was provided to the youth of Buniadu in the North Bank Region for the transportation of the products after harvest.