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WFP Official Urges Joint Efforts For ‘Zero Hunger’ Goal In Liberia
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, April 20 (LINA) - The World Food Program (WFP) Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Abdou Dieng, has called for collaborative efforts by Liberians to achieve the “Zero Hunger” goal in the country by 2030.
He also stressed the need for continuous teamwork between the Government of Liberia and partners in these endeavors pursuant to the United Nations mandate.
Dieng made the call when he toured the Orphan Grain Farmers’ Cooperative (OGFC) agricultural project, one of many farm projects supported by the WFP to address food insecurity in Liberia, in Lower Johnsonville outside Monrovia Wednesday.
“Liberia has the capacity to grow more food in order to end hunger, but this can happen only if the citizens work together,” the top WFP official said.
He observed that Liberia has achieved a lot, but noted that there is need for the citizens to come together to consolidate the peace and move to development activities.
According to Dieng, Liberia needs to invest more in education and agriculture to sustain the country’s peace.
He indicated that a major challenge facing Liberia is youth unemployment which, according to him, can be addressed if Liberians are willing to focus on agriculture.
He told reporters in an interview that he was impressed with the level of development undertaken by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration.
Earlier, Peter Flomo, lead farmer of the OGFC, said their project was initially supported by community members who felt that enhancing food security requires voluntary commitment.
“We encouraged farmers to work together to ensure food security and when the WFP noticed our seriousness, they came over to support us. We did farming through traditional practices but with WFP’s intervention, we now possess the skills to increase food production and support our families,” he said.
Flomo noted that the WFP provided them with seeds, fertilizers and a rice mill to process rice for the market.
Ms. Emma Smith, the head of the local NGO that is implementing the project for WFP, stressed the need for the farmers to be empowered with power tillers to increase their productivity.