Agriculture Minister, Florence Chenoweth
Smallholder, Family Farming Vital To Food Security -- Chenoweth
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, July 4 (LINA) - Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth has said smallholder farmers and family farming are vital in achieving food security and reducing poverty in the country.
According to Minister Chenoweth, these two methods of farming are core contributors to agriculture production in most developing countries, including Liberia, in the achievement of food security.
She made the statement at a one-day National Stakeholder Agricultural Extension and Advisor Services meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture in the Gardnersville suburb on Wednesday.
Chenoweth said in the area of extension, policy and institutional changes are needed to create a realistic opportunity for local farmers in the country, noting “participants at this meeting should take a hard look with a view towards long term, sustainable and broad-based growth in the areas of agriculture and food security”.
She called on the agriculture and food security working groups at the roundtable meeting to discuss ways to promote private sector-led growth in Liberia’s agricultural sector.
Chenoweth emphasized that “there is a need for the promotion of private sector investment as well as capacity building and coordination in the agricultural sector for the provision of extension and advisory services”.
She said the meeting has a significant purpose of strategic knowledge for policy and action on food and livelihoods because it engenders flexible and non-binding mechanism to ensure a renewed national spirit for increasing investment in the agricultural sector.
The National Stakeholders’ meeting is aimed at building a framework and to demonstrate a need for greater emphasis on extension and advisory services within global agricultural development innovation.
The first International Conference on Innovations in Agricultural Extension to improve livelihoods and response to climate change took place in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2011.