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NACOFAG - The National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Association in The Gambia, is a network of farmer organization with national character with the overall objective of making sure all Gambians enjoy availability, adequate quality of food variety at all times.
NACOFAG was established by farmers to represent their interest at the West African Regional Network of Peasant and Producer Association (ROPPA). Currently is comprised of 21 major Gambia farmer organizations, namely AFET, NAYAFS, NAWFA, Farmers Platform, Cashew Growers Association, Fandema in URR and Maize growers.
The aim and objectives as a farmer-based organization is to promote and defend the values of an efficient and sustainable small-holder agriculture, to promote solidarity between farmers associations in the country and the sub-region, to provide technical, managerial and resources support to farmer association and their members for improved production, processing and marketing of high value crops and livestock, to promote agro-business activities, to establish the basis for an organizational network, to attract financial and technical assistance from multi-lateral donors, charitable and governmental organizations, to promote awareness, good governance, effective leadership and empowerment of member associations, to mobilize community resources for members to develop their undertakings, all conducive to the attainment of the above objectives or any of them.
The NACOFAG board is the governance body of the organization which is responsible for policy design and implementation.
The board is usually selected from the member associations during congress except; otherwise NACOFAG is governed by an 11-man committee as the executive board.
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14.06.2014-NACOFAG, farmer organization out to address food insecurity and poverty reduction
The organisation put in place strategic facilities and concessions of arable land to farming families to grow food, ensure the implementation of the land law and its corresponding regulations, as well as promote its dissemination and application.
It is in to promote the production, multiplication and dissemination of local seeds, improve varieties, promote crop diversification and animal husbandry, facilitate access to micro-credit for farming and fisheries production, and expand and promote livestock repopulation, cattle, sheep, goats, focusing on family producers.
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NACOFAG wraps up farmer training on agronomics best practices
The National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Association in The Gambia (NACOFAG), in collaboration with PIWAMP, ended a three-day farmer training on agronomics best practices at Jenoi Training Centre in Lower River Region. Speaking at the training, Alieu Sowe, coordinator of NACOFAG, said the training was held to enhance farmers’ capacity on agronomics best practices and put more focus and emphasis on rice production, from cultivation to down processing.
He described the training as very key as it was the third of its kind NACOFAG had supported. He added that the training brought together about sixty farmers from different farmer organizations or communities. According to Sowe, the ultimate objective of the training was to build the capacity, knowledge and skills of the farmers on agronomics best practices.
Over the past one month, NACOFAG had been collaborating with PIWAMP in building the capacity of farmers on best practices in rice production, he said, adding that tilling the land, post-harvest loss and value addition were also tackled at the training.
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NACOFAG organises workshop
NACOFAG organised a one-day family farm consultative workshop at the AFET office in Brikama. The programme was meant to set up a surveillance system of family exploitation at the local, national and regional levels.
In his opening remarks, Kebba K. Barrow, programme officer of TANGO, said that NACOFAG has a very important role to play in diversifying agriculture in The Gambia. He challenged members of the organisation to focus on teamwork inline with their mission, vision and mandate in implementing their activity plans. He also highlighted the importance of information sharing, which he said is paramount in the way forward for any organisation.
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NACOFAG youth wing prepares 3-year strategy plan
(NACOFAG), on Friday converged at NAFAFS head office at Tanji to work on a three-year strategy plan for the farmer umbrella apex body’s youth wing. The participants were drawn from cashew farmers associations, maize grower associations, livestock owners associations, fish smoker associations, NAWFA, NAFAFS, National Food Processors Association, and National Farmer Platform, among others.
The forum, which provided opportunity for participants to raise important issues related to their plan of action for the next three years, was supported by PAAR Project under NACOFAG. Addressing the youth planning meeting, the president of the NACOFAG Youth Wing, Musa Sowe, hailed the youth for responding to their invitation.
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