Overview

On 13 November ACAPS changed the status of the crisis in the Gambia to No Severity, as its compounding factors were found more related to long-term development issues than acute humanitarian ones. Developments in the country are still being monitored on a daily basis.

Food insecurity has been worsening in 2017 largely due to crop failure, rising food prices, and loss of livelihoods linked to numerous disasters over the last few years. As of September, at least 152,000 people were considered food insecure or vulnerable to food insecurity. The North Bank, Upper River, and West Coast regions are particularly affected. More than 10,000 children under five are severely malnourished. 

Former President Yahya Jammeh, who had been in power for over 22 years, stepped down on 21 January, after a period of instability during which he disputed the result and thousands of people fled to Senegal, in fear of violence. The pre-election period saw unprecedented anti-government protests and clashes with police. People who fled reportedly returned home upon the resolution of the crisis.

INFORM measures Gambia’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be low, at 4.2/10. Gambia’s lack of coping capacity is of concern, at 5.5/10.?

Latest Developments

No recent significant humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team. Last check: 1/12

Key priorities

  • Food security, mainly in North Bank, Upper River and West Coast regions
  • Nutritional assistance