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Meet our agricultural extension worker and business trainer

Tesito project has a new team member, since Momodou Lamin Nyabally started working with us as an agriculture extension worker and business trainer in the beginning of September.

Here is his introduction:

Hello everyone, my name is Momodou Lamin Nyabally, born in Latrikunda Sabiji, Gambia. I am 29 years old and a mandinka by tribe. I am currently working in Gambian environmental NGO Freedom from Hunger Campaign, Dodo’s local partner organization, in the Tesito project. During this project, I will be based in the target community Jiffarong, in the Lower River Region, and responsible for coordinating all the activities there.

I have studied agriculture and business, such as project designing and implementing, business management and development strategies, and integrated farming systems. My career in agriculture started in 2015, when I joined Gambia Songhai Initiative in the field of integrated farming system as a training instructor and garden/ruminant assistant. We produced 100% organic vegetable products and high-quality livestock and prepared organic composts. In 2018, I served The Gambia Red Cross Society as a regional focal point and a garden manager. 

Currently, I am responsible for the Tesito project activities in Jiffarong, where I have been based since my past position in the Red Cross project, therefore I know the community very well. My most important duties include training 98 women in business development, market analysis, climate-smart agriculture and nutrition. Since the beneficiaries in Jiffarong only speak Mandinka, this training will be made in their mother tongue. I will also establish a vegetable garden, lead the construction of composts and the fence, support revolving fund loan takers with their new businesses, organize a committee for drip irrigation, establish a tree nursery, supervise and train two members of the community who are selected to manage the nursery and organize restoration activities in the community forest of Jiffarong.

Since my main activities, such as establishing a vegetable garden and tree nursery, are scheduled for next year, I will make most of the following months by training two tree nursery managers and visiting other restoration projects with them, to get to know the best practices before we begin ours in Jiffarong. Also I am supporting revolving fund loan takers in starting their new businesses and visiting other revolving fund projects with them, to get all the participants familiar with such activities.

New posts about the visits, revolving fund and practices used in restoration activities coming up soon!