By Binta S Jawo
The Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) in collaboration with The ROOTS Project conducted a one-day sensitization on Resilient of Organization and Trans motive of Smallholder (ROOTS) 80 million Dollars Project for the Media. This happened on Friday 24th June 2022 and aimed at giving first-hand information to 40 Journalists on the implementation of the project since its launch in 2021 by President Adama Barrow.
Delivering his welcoming remarks the President of the NFTR, Mr Abdoulie Nyockeh noted that the partnership is aimed at enhancing the capacities of journalists on the mode of operations of the project and giving them in-depth knowledge and understanding about the project to accurately inform the public.
He urged his colleagues to ask for clarifications when necessary and to make the best use of the knowledge that they will gain from the sensitization. He further called on other private and public institutions to emulate the ROOTS Project by partnering with the NFTR in sensitizing and strengthening the capacities of Journalists. He reiterated the need for more partnership in media sensitization and field visits by the media at project sites to ascertain the level of impact of the project in the rural areas.
The President of the Gambia Press Union Muhammed S Bah stressed the importance of the media in holding the government to account by promoting transparency. He encourages Journalists to be fair and balance whiles reporting and also focus on the challenges and prospects of such projects. He commends NFTR and ROOTS for the partnership.
The ROOTS Project Director, Mr Mamour A Jagne called on Journalists to ask questions concerning the project because it is been implemented by public funds for transparency and accountability purposes. He was quick to mention that contributions towards the project include both cash and kind. He stated that there is a funding gap from the launch of the project which is yet to be filled because some donors have not come on board.
The ROOTS Project is a six-year project Launched on 9th February 2021. Its development objectives include increasing agricultural productivity and access to markets for enhanced food security, nutrition and resilience of family farms and farmer organizations.