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WFP Official Confident Liberia Can End Hunger By 2030
MONROVIA, February 13 (LINA) - The Country Representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Liberia, Mr. Bienvenue Djossa, has expressed optimism that Liberia can bring an end hunger by 2030.
He said this would be in line with the objectives and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Two, one of the 17 SDGs that constitute the 2030 development agenda.
Liberia is currently conducting a strategic hunger review exercise nationwide to properly inform the government, people and partners of Liberia on the needs, constraints and steps that are to be taken to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and improve food producers’ productivity within the next 15 years.
According to a press statement, regional consultations are being held in the counties to sensitize and gather views, ideas and inputs of Liberians from all walks of life to engender a national roadmap for hunger solutions.
Speaking in Gbarnga, Bong County at the weekend during the fifth and final round of the regional consultations, Mr. Djossa urged participants to make strong contributions “so that your voices are heard regardless of who you are because the key answers to hunger challenges will come all Liberians.
He said through this strategic review, the government which leads the process will know the root causes of hunger and tackle them.
He then pledged WFP’s fullest commitment to the Zero Hunger Review initiative in consonance with its UN mandate to help countries fight hunger, achieve food security and promote agriculture and nutrition.
Participants at the Gbarnga meeting included delegates from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties.
“Government doesn’t have good price for farmers because they do not respect the food we produce in Liberia. As a result we lose all the time,” said a Nimba County farmer and trader, Comfort K. Kehleay.
James Marwieh, another farmer from Nimba County said: “There are tons of rice stockpiled in Nimba for three years without government buying it, defeating our
efforts. This has to change.”
Patrick Samah of Lofa County said: “Farmers need upgraded rice mills equipped with de-stoners so that Liberian rice can meet the quality standards and defeat imported rice, otherwise Liberian rice will not be promoted.”
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other heads of state and government approved the 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals at the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015 in New York, so that by 2030 no one is left behind in terms of health, poverty alleviation, education, food security and partnership, among others.
"Goal Two focuses on food security, end hunger, and improved agriculture and nutrition," said Dr. Amos Sawyer, the Chair of the Liberia Strategic Hunger Review exercise with Subah Belleh Associates (development consultancy firm) serving as research agency.