“Come 2016, we will ban the importation of rice into this country in order to strengthen local food industries as well as promote food self-sufficiency and good health,” President Yahya Jammeh said in a GRTS broadcast speech.
The Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland, being surrounded by Senegal. Due to its unique geographic location, it is also a hub for trade in the region. Gambia’s exports remain relatively undiversified, being dominated by ground-nuts, which account for 60% of domestically produced exports. The country has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base. The remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts are an important source of foreign capital. The Gambia is a member of the Economic Community of West African States and it benefits from the European Development Fund for ACP Countries. It has maintained a reputation of relative stability and peace, although its sub-region has been marked by recurring instability and conflict.