The Minister of Agriculture is leading a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and The Gambia’s permanent representative to IFAD, FAO and WFP to attend the 40th Conference of United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

Omar Jallow alias OJ, is accompanied by Permanent Secretary Sait Drammeh and Ambassador Lang Yabou.

On the sidelines of the conference, Minister Jallow held bilateral meetings with the FAO Director General Graziano da Silva and the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gilbert F Houngbo.

Minister Jallow used the opportunity and eloquently laid out the vision of the new Gambia government with respect to revitalizing the agricultural sector by focusing on key areas such as Youth employment through entrepreneurship; Public Private partnership along the agricultural value chain.

He also cited the revitalization of farmer organizations, especially the cooperative movement and the massive relaunch of the South South technical cooperation model as a vehicle for technology transfer and adoption as key areas.

Both FAO DG Silva and the IFAD President Houngbo assured Minister Jallow of their various institution’s readiness to support the Gambia.