Stronger forest and farm producer groups can reduce poverty in the Gambia

IIED Briefing
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Published: December 2013
IIED Briefing Papers
Product code:17187IIED

The Gambia is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa and is battling with population growth and natural resource depletion, particularly of forests. To reduce poverty and to ensure sustainable natural resources management that keeps development within ecosystem boundaries, the government launched the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) policy in 2012. The policy aims to empower forest and agriculture producer associations to transform agriculture from a subsistence sector to a robust,~market-oriented sector. The Forest and Farm Facility is complementing the government’s efforts by coordinating the ANR working group, organising a string of awareness-raising workshops on the ANR policy at regional and district levels and convening meetings between producer organisations and the actors along the value chain of forest and farm commodities.