Friday, December 1, 2017

Agricultural investment can have big impact on the lives of women and girls in developing countries, says IFAD President

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Rome, 1 December 2017 – Investment in agriculture and rural development may be among the best ways for Canada to realize the goals of its new Feminist International Assistance Policy, bringing gender equality and economic empowerment to millions of women and girls in developing countries around the world. That’s the message Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), brings to Ottawa on Monday when he meets with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

Houngbo is making his first official visit to Canada’s capital since being appointed President of IFAD, a United Nations specialized agency and international financial institution that focuses on agricultural and rural development in some of the poorest and most remote regions of the world.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


BANJUL – 14 November 2017. The Startup Incubator Gambia in collaboration with International Trade Centre’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), and Gambia’s main entrepreneurship development partners including the Young Entrepreneurs Association, The National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI), the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia Chapter), GIEPA and EMPRETEC are commemorating global entrepreneurship week with series of exciting and educative activities. 

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Young rural mentees undergoing GYIN Gambia mentorship programme expresses appreciations

The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singed with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) from the 29th to 30th November, 2017, held its monthly workshop whereby mentees and mentors shared their experiences.

The workshop was held at the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in the Lower River Region (LRR) which brought together 25 mentees and 5 mentors.

The aim of the mentorship programme is to boost Gambian rural entrepreneurship and agribusiness. The programme supports young people in their efforts to establish sustainable investments in order to become self-reliant. It is anchored on coaching and career counselling rather than the single method of structured trainings. The mentoring programme is a part of a larger entrepreneurship development programme that includes recognition of young entrepreneurs through yearly Rural Youth Awards and specific training camps for upskilling young and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Climate-smart agriculture benefits marine ecosystems and coastal communities - New IFAD report

The Marine Advantage – Empowering coastal communities, safeguarding marine ecosystems, a study of IFAD’s experience in improving the lives of coastal communities, shows that climate-smart agriculture can also have knock-on benefits for marine ecosystems. Sustainable development in the agriculture sector, including aquaculture, can reduce human pressures on marine ecosystems, which are vulnerable to overfishing, ocean acidification and coral bleaching.

“Agriculture in all its forms is central to inclusive and sustainable development and can contribute to national climate commitments,” said IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo. “However, without appropriate measures, it can also damage marine ecosystems and fall short of its potential in terms of the climate."

Friday, November 3, 2017


Jarumeh Koto Youth Development Association (JKYDA) members to embark on massive road rehabilitation exercise in the village of Jarumeh Koto on Saturday, 11th November, 2017.

The initiative was disclosed to journalists at a press conference held at Tallinding, today, 1st November, 2017.

Speaking to journalists, Mr. Ebrima M.K Ceesay, chairperson, JKYDA gave a brief history of the association saying that the association was formed in 2004 by the youths of the village.

“The association was formed by concern citizens of the village with an aim of supporting the village in its development programmes,” said Ceesay

Saturday, October 28, 2017


[Banjul, The Gambia– 30thOctober 2017] 
The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) and The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) have signed a grant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the purpose of providing one-to-one mentoring to high-potential young entrepreneurs.

Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) is a national youth organization under the National Youth Council (NYC). GYIN Gambia has been implementing a number of youth projects related to agribusiness, information technology and entrepreneurship. Under the MOU, GYIN Gambia will match Gambian youth entrepreneurs with mentors who will provide individualized coaching. In addition, all mentors and mentees will meet monthly in a workshop to share experiences and to learn from one another.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Counseling and Guidance Training for Youth Migrant Returnees

Participants holding the training banner, shortly after the opening ceremony
The Gambia National Youth Council in partnership with the Gambian Immigration Department, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and supported by the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) are organizing a 5-day intensive training on counselling and guidance for voluntary youth migrant returnees in the country.

DATE: 5th to 9th July 2017
TIME:  08:30 – 6:00PM (Daily)
LOCATION: Bwian, West Coast Region

Part of the Council’s series of activities to tackle irregular youth migration and accelerate returnees’ management, this action will bring together youth and other stakeholders from different parts of the country to be trained on;
- Guidance and counseling, returnees’ case management and mentoring.
- Orient the returnees on opportunities and support agencies available for youth in the Gambia and how they can access such support services.
- Assess the capacities of the returnees for possible support and linkages with appropriate support service providers or projects.