Alieu Gaye is a Social entrepreneur and community development worker who studied Community Development and serves as the Programme manager of Global Hands Gambia after heading the Entrepreneurship department for 2 years. He has previously worked for 4S Sweets and Nuts Company as the Business Executive Officer and currently serves as the Operations Supervisor for an agro industrial processing, manufacturing, import and export company called Infinite Business Intelligence that also offers turnkey projects. He has been training youths on business entrepreneurship to address the issue of unemployment and illegal migration through his Entrepreneurship Dream project, Business Model Canvas and business pitching training programmes and conferences. He is the founder of Nekal Poultry Farm helping the community to easily access chickens and eggs whilst increasing the nutritional standard of the populace.
Alieu has also been supporting women initiatives (agricultural gardening project) through project implementation plans and finding potential market for their products. He is a board member of the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Project Manager at InfiTech, part of the core sector team organized by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment (MOTIE) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) in partnership with the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) and part of the Private Sector Thematic Group for the Gambia National Agricultural Investment Plan representing the agro sector.
“The Gambia Agro Industry and Social Entrepreneurship”
His speech will focus on the Gambia agricultural value chain and why the country is not benefitting in the world market. Gambia has observed gross volume of unutilized and underutilized farm products with a wide gap of primary products being sold for almost nothing in the world market. Most of Gambia’s agro products like edible nuts, fruits, Moringa etc., are exported or consumed locally only in their raw form. If our products are processed, packaged and resold to us at unaffordable prices, then it becomes a question or a matter for concern. The amount of daily perished goods due to inadequate processing, packaging, food preservation facilities and finding a timely market has now reached giant proportions. If the trend of producing raw materials and selling them for very low prices continues, poverty will continue unabated. It is therefore incumbent to address this shortfall for agrarian gain, employment creation and sustainable economic growth.
For generations, little or no efforts have been made towards remedying this situation. It may become worthwhile to find a general antidote to the malady. It is believed that if the area of food preservation/conservation is not addressed fully in tandem with processing, labeling and packaging plants, the situation may soon get exacerbated by consumers not being able to even buy some of the very products they have grown.