Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest and poorest countries. 2014 calculations demonstrate that more than 60 percent of the overall population lives in the poverty, while a little under half of the population live in poverty conditions. There is lack of economic diversity in Gambia causing this. Gambians mainly depend on agriculture to sustain but weather conditions leave their farming fates unpredictable. When rainfall is at its highest, Gambia falls into “hunger season”. Factors that contribute to Gambia’s poverty are.
- Low and decreasing soil fertility
- Low agricultural and labor productivity.
- Poor access to land and water and inefficient management of resources when available.
- Irregular rains that frequently cause crop losses.
- Poorly functioning input and output markets.
- Food insecurity due to insufficient income from the farming industry.
- Large fraction of unemployed or underemployed young people in rural areas.
- High rates of migration.
Due to the economic situation of most Muslim Gambian families, children are forced to engage in child labour activities. Poor Muslim children are less likely to attend school on a regular basis and are more likely to suffer from malnutrition and infectious diseases.
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