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Gambia - Lowland Agricultural Development Programme (LADEP) - Programme Completion Report


The Gambia has the potential to produce rice competitively if it focuses on the appropriate ecology, adopts suitable technology and improves institutional framework and support services. The enclave project approach of earlier interventions had little success in promoting the development of the necessary policy and institutional framework for supporting agricultural development. While earlier projects temporarily increased rice output, the interventions were not sustainable. Thus, a programme-type approach, focusing on long-term sustainability, with phased development, based on a supportive national policy framework, is considered more prudent.

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