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World Food Programme
WFP Banjul Head Office
3-4 Ecowas Avenue
P.M.B. 10, Banjul
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 494782 (Resident coordinator)
Tel no: +220 4228477
Fax:             4228 634 - Email

See also UN House at Cape Point

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has been a partner in The Gambia's development and emergency feeding program since 1972 through project-oriented food assistance. The WFP-assisted projects are innovatively designed as catalyst, combined with other inputs, to revitalise the rural economy through a range of complimentary development of The Gambia's human resources through institutional feeding programme.

To a large extent, the future WFP-assisted programme is expected to be closely aligned to the Government's Strategy for Poverty Alleviation.

WFP sees the eradication of poverty and the elimination of the need for food aid as aspect of one and the same objectives and to this end, the agency directs its efforts towards supporting the development of a food security strategy based on enhancing capacity for increased production while at the same time strongly advocating the reduction of dependence on food aid.

As poverty is perpetrated by hunger which in itself is a manifestation of food insecurity, WFP's food assistance to the Government is aimed at helping the poor to build assets and promote self-reliance through food-for-work support to labour intensive works which are initiated by the communities themselves, have adequate material, financial and technical support, are technically sound, and are integrated into the overall divisional and/or national development aims and objectives. As it is often the poor who actively participate in food-for-work activities, food assistance becomes a more efficient means of reaching the poor with food at times when they need it most and in ways that achieve lasting impact.

Such food assistance would also serve as a useful tool for development with a focus on people and consideration is given to projects which would have the following objectives: (a) increasing food production through community mobilisation and emphasis on women rice farmers, (b) improving rural infrastructure through construction of community structures such as schools, day care centres, access roads, causeways, bunds, bridges, wells, etc., through cooperation with communities, Government technical departments and NGOs, (c) through day primary school feeding aimed at areas where female enrolment is low, promote gender equity and improve female literacy, and (d) support to rural development and skills training centres with an emphasis on women's equal participation in management and training.

For people who have been hit by natural disasters or human crises and their lives are at stake, survival supersedes other considerations, and timely food assistance provides the only hope. The main victims are often women and children and the first goal for WFP at such moments is to provide timely, appropriate and adequate relief. The provision of relief assistance however must shift progressively, as early as possible, into rehabilitation and on to development.

WFP in the fight against poverty and hunger will continue to deploy food assistance rationally to alleviate hunger, establish a base for future food security, and save lives of disaster and conflict affected persons. Targeting of food assistance is also essential to reach those most in need, and to minimise the adverse effects such as creation of dependency, production disincentives and market displacements.

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