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Zinnah Admits Lack Of Capacity To Implement Key Agro Policies
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Agriculture Minister Moses Zinnah


Zinnah Admits Lack Of Capacity To Implement Key Agro Policies
By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, September 14 (LINA) - Agriculture Minister Moses Zinnah says the government has developed several agriculture, food security and nutrition policies, but the lack of resources and capacity has hampered implementation.

Zinnah also observed that the nation's agriculture sector needs a more comprehensive communication strategy to further enhance the sector as well as related strategies such as policy assistance, advocacy, and dialogue.

The Agriculture Minister made the statement Tuesday at the official signing ceremony of a four-year Country Programming Framework (CPF) between the Government of Liberia and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the Ministry of Agriculture in the Monrovia suburb of Gardnersville.

Zinnah pointed out that local agriculture institutions have limited capacities to deliver essential services such as strategic planning, implantation, monitoring and evaluation as well as priority setting for comprehensive policy legislation and regulation.

He noted that with the technical assistance from FAO, government will enhance communication strategy for the sector which will help in propagating policies that have been reviewed, formulated and validated as benchmarks for good practices for an effective and sustainable agriculture sector.

Zinnah said Liberia's biggest challenge in agricultural development is low productivity arising from limited use of inputs by smallholders, limited access to land, especially by women, productive inputs, credit, training as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.

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