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Gambia Food & Nutrition Association

Contact Address:
Gambia Food & Nutrition

GAFNA House head office
Bakau Head office
Kombo Coastal Road
PO Box 111, Banjul
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4496745 
Fax:              4496743


GAFNA, which was established in June 1986, is a registered non-governmental organisation aiming to improve the quality of food consumed by the general population and to promote food security via a self-sufficient society in The Gambia.

To this end it's operations are spread around the country in the form of around 120 Health and Nutrition Program Centres (CMCS) which are operated by the communities themselves in the form of Community Management Committees whose membership is elected from their region's vicinity.

Current & Past Activities & Schemes:
Food Preservation & Processing
The program was funded by Village Aid UK and ran from 1996 to 2000. The emphasis of the scheme was to enhance the productivity and skills of rural women and to minimize post harvest horticultural wastage. As a result 14 groups spread out in Gambia received training workshops on producing tomato puree, fruit preserves such as jam production, pickles and sauces.

Peer Counsellors Program
Along with it collaborative partners i.e. the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare,  GM/CRS/ and the local CMCS it initiated a maternal / childhood scheme called the Child Survival Programme which targets the nutritional requirements of mothers and enhancing the feeding practices of children and infants.

The project's main focus is targeted at children from birth to three years old in 10 villages dotted in the Central River Region, the South and North banks. Mothers of malnourished children, older brothers & sisters, grandmothers and fathers would also be welcome.

Safety Net Project
Early this century it had been assessed that people in certain regions of The Gambia and Senegal suffered from acute and yearly food insecurity (especially during the rainy season) due to bad financial access to, and reduced availability of, food. As a result USAID aid program called Development Activity Program (DAP 2) was initiated to address these underlying food security issues through the promotion of sesame seed cultivation on farms and food safety nets.

The aims of the DAP II projects was better food distribution to susceptible individuals and to ensure that institutions can manage safety net interventions for vulnerable groups and to scrutinise and promote food safety nets in the Central River Region (CRR) and Upper River Region (URR).

Food rations were delivered to 1,500 people identified as vulnerable for half a year at the community level and 1,500 received rations for a year at the institutional level. The project ran for 5 years in the form of wheat soy mix, lentils, refined vegetable cooking oil and corn.

Qualifying individuals received their commodities through Charitable Organizations, Government Health Centres and Community Management Committees.

Refugee Assistance Programme
The UNHCR funded project which was executed by the Gambia Food and Nutrition Association has two main aims: the urban caseload comprised of mostly Liberian refugees as well as a few from other African countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi and the (now closed) Bambally Refugee Camp aiding refugees who fled north into The Gambia from the Casamance area of Senegal. Aid took the form of food, health, education, potable water, sanitation and crop growing.

They also received micro-finance in order to pursue sustained self-employment as a means of income generation and to be less reliant on humanitarian assistance.

HIV / Aids
The aim of the project which began in October 2004 and ran for 15 months was to fight HIV / Aids via community participation. It was funded by The Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) and the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) under the Rapid Response Project (HARP). It was carried out in the Upper River Region in 25 target villages.

Its objectives was to raise the level of access to advisory and counselling services about HIV and other STDs, to increase the capacity of help groups and local institutions, to improve the nutritional wellbeing of vulnerable groups such as the chronically ill, children and mothers.

Organisational Structure:
GAFNA's structure is made up of their membership, seven board of directors, director of administration /  finance, evaluation and monitoring, programmes, project and their support staff.

The institutions activities are in food and nutrition, health, education, humanitarian assistance, community development and disaster management and relief.

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