Agriculture is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and strain on freshwater resources, which is unsustainable for the world’s growing population. Resource conservation is becoming even more important due to impacts of climate change. Sustainable Agriculture embodies the concept of providing food to meet the needs of society while ensuring sustained resources for future generations. In practice, the model involves innovative techniques that optimize water usage and return nutrients to soil.
Agriculture in The Gambia
Agriculture is the most important sector in the Gambian economy and one of the priority areas in its National Development Plan (2018 2021). It employs 70% of the labour force, contributes to 26% of the GDP but at best meets 50% of the national food requirement for food grains from local production. The country has 558,000 hectares of quality arable land but only approximately 54% has been cultivated. The Gambia has a weather pattern that is suitable for almost all production and has the greatest potential for irrigated agriculture.
Sustainable Agriculture in Our Work
USEE employs numerous Sustainable Agriculture implementation techniques in its own project designs and in projects where it collaborates with the Government of The Gambia.