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MOA Working To Reduce Poverty, Food Insecurity
By Robert Dixon, LINA
MONROVIA September 4 (LINA) - The Smallholder Agriculture Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) Project at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) is working to reduce rural poverty and household food insecurity, an official of the project has said.
SAPEC Project Coordinator William Kavalawu said the project is being funded by the World Bank with a grant of US$54 million.
Kavalawu said the African Development Fund has also provided a loan of US$6.4million to finance civil works relating to feeder roads, while the Liberian Government is contributing US$1.5 million to finance cost associated with office accommodation and taxes on contracts, among others.
He made the disclosure Thursday at the Ministry of Agriculture located on the Somalia Drive in Monrovia at a program marking the presentation of 12 vehicles to the project by the MOA.
He said the project is intended to increase on a sustainable basis, the income of smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs, particularly women, youth and the physically challenged.
According to him, the project to be implemented in 12 of the 15 counties, including Maryland, River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Grand Cape and Gbarpolu Counties.
It is designed to transform Liberia’s agriculture sector by moving 25,000 food insecure and low income faming households to commercially-oriented agriculture to foster economic growth.
Kavalawu said this will be accomplished through four components - Sustainable Crop Production Intensification, Value Addition and Marketing, Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening as well as Project Management.
Earlier, acting Agriculture Minister Seklan Wiles commended the SAPEC project officials or joining the Agriculture Ministry to help reduce rural poverty and household food insecurity.