2020 Environmental Social Management Framework Report for the Gambia Agricultural Food Security Project (GAFSP)

This report is the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) of The Gambia Agriculture and Food Security Project (GAFSp) in fulfilment of the requirement of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) Integrated Safeguards System (ISS), which requires that all Bank-funded Projects either avoid completely negative impacts, or minimize such impacts. Given that smallholder farmers are in the front line of the climate change impacts, the ecosystems on which they rely are increasingly degraded and their access to suitable agricultural land is declining. This component therefore aims to increase the productivity, post-harvest management systems, climate resiliency and business development services for the smallholder farmers. At the same time, the component will create an enabling environment nationally by accelerating the transition from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture, and in the process improve the smallholder farmers’ livelihoods.