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GOL, FAO Signs Country Programming Framework
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GOL, FAO Signs Country Programming Framework
By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, September 13 (LINA) - The Government of Liberia and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a Country Programming Framework (CPF) to guide Liberia’s partnership with the FAO over the next four years.

Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah signed on behalf of the government, while Dr. Maic Abdala, FAO Country Representative, signed on behalf of the UN agency.

Speaking shortly before the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Agriculture in Gardnerville on Monday, Dr. Zinnah said the CPF will provide support to the government by introducing international best practices and global standards with national and regional expertise to improve the agriculture sector.

Zinnah said the CPF was in line with the Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA), consisting of key value chains, which are aligned to the National Development Framework.

He noted that the revitalization of Liberia’s economy can only be achieved through an increase in agricultural production and productivity, food nutrition security and poverty reduction, especially among rural populations, including women and children.

Zinnah hoped that as the government and partners rollout the implementation of the framework for the next four years, it will help anchor agriculture programs and stimulate economic prosperity of the rural population and improve their living conditions.

Speaking earlier, FAO Country Representative Dr. Abdala lauded the Agriculture Ministry for crafting the CPF document and pledged the organization’s commitment to the full implementation of the process.

The CPF was prepared following consultations, meetings and agreement among stakeholders and partners within Liberia, including relevant government ministries, agencies and commissions as well as experts from technical units of FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).

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