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The grant was given to the Gambia government by the International Development Association for the financing of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP)
The Gambian National Assembly ratified the grant financing agreement, amounting to US$12mn. Tabling the grant financing agreement before the National Assembly for ratification, Mamburay Njie, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, said the project constituted part of the first phase of the programme.
Njie went on to say that this consisted of enabling conditions of the sub-regional cooperation in generation, disseminating and adapting agricultural technologies; strengthening of the research system in the region as well as funding of the demand and driving technological generation through provision of research plans and project coordination and management, monitoring and evaluation.