Population: 2.2 million (Gambia, UN, 2018)
Life expectancy: 60.6 years (men), 63.3 years (women) (WHO 2018)
Human Development Index: 174 (UN 2017)
Gambia has gone through a democratic transition and seen the arrival of more open society after the end of 20 years of authoritarian rule. But the Gambia remains poor, the state fragile and has among the highest per capita rates of youth migration out of the country. Agriculture remains critical to the livelihoods of the poor.
Seasons are less predictable as extreme weather (like floods, windstorms and droughts) becomes more frequent and destructive. When more than three-quarters of the population rely on growing their own food to survive, this has catastrophic effects. United Purpose helps the poorest farmers to grow enough food and earn a decent living. We help by: improving horticultural, livestock and agro-forestry practices; providing access to potable water; encouraging access to new markets for fresh local produce; promoting farming as a business and the development of sustainable value chains; nurturing new initiatives- such as the promotion of biofortified foods and nutritional health change through a nation wide network of mothers clubs and the development of an innovative market price information service that collects and shares market prices to facilitators on their mobile phones
in voice messages in local languages. We have pioneered the development of farmer run rice irrigation and effective models of building capacity of civil society and womens federations raising their ability to support development and have their voices heard. United Purpose is committed to working with our wide ranGe of local partners to increasing Gambia’s resilience and capacity to respond to disasters and lift people up and out of poverty.
Gambia Contact Details
55 Kairaba Avenue, 2nd Floor Modern Stationery Building, Fajara P.O. Box 2164, Serrekunda, The Gambia.