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Development Engagements

Freedom from Hunger Campaign (FFHC) was established in 1969 by the Government of the Gambia with a view to expedite the process through which development support reaches the farming community by circumventing the bureaucracy that normally exists in the Government settings. The beauty about the whole issue hinges around the fact that Government itself realizes this situation and was committed to address it in this way. After establishment, FFHC received funding from the Germans and some subvention from the Gambia Government. At the time, it was service delivery organization engaged in addressing food insecurity in the rural communities by creating the enabling environment for rural farmers particularly women in their food production practices.s.

According to details from the organizational institutional memory available, as at end of 2002, FFHC had constructed more than 400 foot bridges, about 35 kilometers of causeway many culverts, dikes and bonds to rehabilitate and reclaim more than 1500 hectares of arable rice lands throughout the length and breadth of the country, particularly in the LRR, CRR and NBR. It has supported the provision of capacity building training to more than 30,000 women farmers in various production technologies, production inputs and food for work incentives. FFHC also supported the establishment of scores of cereal banks, community seed stores and households operated and managed by the beneficiaries themselves. During this period, the organization supported the establishment of 8 village savings and credit associations in LRR which provided credit facilities at affordable terms and conditions for both male and female farmers for diverse investments.

FFHC has been and is still a family name in all its geographical intervention areas and is largely remembered for its intervention in the area of rice production. It created a lot of employment opportunities for a lot of Gambians and this translated into the availability and use of necessary skills for development work.

Even though the records are not available, it is widely accepted that its intervention has in no small measure contributed to the increase in food production in the country.

After 2002, when funding from the Germans ceased and coinciding with the withdrawal of GovernmentÂ’s subvention, FFHC went through a transition from being a service delivery organization to a membership based organization. The implication for this means that FFHC had to join the real NGO community to embark on fund raising all by itself to implement its development programs. This CV focuses on some of the achievements of the organization from then to date.

Type of Organization

Membership base Organization

Operational Mandate

FFHC is mandated to operate in the Lower and Central River Regions of the Gambia. Possibilities for expansion across the border into the Casamance region of Senegal are undoubted.

Target groups

Women, Children, Men, and youths

Human Resource base

9 staff (including 1 female staff)

Intervention Strategies

FFHC works through women associations and village institutions affiliate with the organization. Such organizations are Village development Committees, women Kafoos, youth groups and special interest groups within the villages.

Key Patners

Concern Universal, The Government Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and National Disaster Management Agency.

Current Donors