Climate Resilient Food Systems Alliance: The Gambia Case Study

Case Summary: 

Climate change and variability constitute a significant burden on The Gambia’s food systems. This is due to the negative impact that climate and environmental shocks can have along the value chain by inhibiting production, constraining processing and transportation, increasing trade deficits, lowering export prices and, thus, limiting the participation of food system actors. Through a domino effect, climate change and environmental shocks negatively impact the food and nutrition security status of the population while having a detrimental effect on their resilience.

The Climate Resilient Food Systems (CRFS) Alliance initiated a set of country case studies to advance its work. The case studies provide proactive engagement with the countries while also providing opportunities for the alliance to gather lessons, challenges, opportunities and good practices in providing and coordinating support. The case studies and support thereof will draw upon existing national policies, frameworks, plans and strategies.

The case studies entail the following general set of steps:

  • Identifying key issues related to climate-resilient food systems and possible actions to be implemented by the alliance;
  • Designing and implementing activities, drawing upon existing activities from the members of the alliance and other stakeholders;
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning.

This case study on The Gambia includes an analysis of the country’s agrifood system, a risk assessment, landscape of climate, agriculture, and food system policies, priority actions in climate and food systems, as well as needs and gaps for implementation.

Action Area 
Planning and Implementation Activity 
Analysis and Data Collection
Sectors and Themes 
Agriculture, Water
Climate Resilient Food Systems (CRFS) Alliance
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