The Gambia Rice Value Chain Transformation Programme

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is financing The Gambia-Rice Value Chain Transformation Programme, which is expected to contribute to poverty reduction and enhance economic growth in The Gambia through improved production, processing, and marketing of rice as well as reducing high importation of rice into the country. Specifically, the project will develop the commercialization of the rice sub sector by enhancing the private sector’s and other stakeholders’ participation in the value chain, thereby improving incomes and employment opportunities for all stakeholders, especially youth and women. The project has three components: (1) Production and Productivity Enhancement, (2) Agribusiness, Market and Capacity Development, and (3) Project Management. The first phase will be implemented over a period of five years (2019-2023) with interventions predominantly in the Central River Region (CRR North and South) and the Upper River Region (URR), and some value addition activities (processing, packaging and distribution) will be undertaken in other regions of the country, where such facilities exist. 

The total direct beneficiaries of the project will be around 15,000 households, of which about 40 percent will be youth and women. The project beneficiaries will include farmers, processors, seed producers, input dealers, aggregators, private sector operators, transporters, commercial agents (e.g. out growers, millers, etc.), youth, women, children, and other local actors engaged in activities within project impact areas. The public institutions such as the National Agricultural Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, the National Seeds Secretariat, the Regional Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture, and other relevant Directorates in the project areas will be involved in project implementation and also benefit from the project interventions in terms of capacity building.