High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development


Mercy Walangitan

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High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Gambia)

The Gambia, with a population of over 1.7 million, remains one of the least developed, low-income and food-deficit countries in the world, ranked 165 of 186 on the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index (HDI). The country’s economy is predominately subsistence agrarian, and 53 percent of the population lives on less than US$2 per day. It is located in the West of Africa, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. Food Security Issue: Food Availability

The delegation of Gambia understands that we are facing wide spread of Poverty and over reliance on food imports that are often costly. Furthermore, only 50% of our agriculture meets the needs of 50% of our population. Farmers usually grow food solely for survival. Food availability is also affected by climate change which could destroy crops if we do not meet the condition for growth. Agricultural system will also reduce the efficiency for the harvest of crops if there are only limited ancient tools that are used and when there are no access to technology. Senegal refugees have been escaping to Gambia hence the Government would have to share the food resources with the refugees decreasing the amount of food left for its citizens. Accessibility Currently, the delegation of Gambia...

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