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Research Shows Poverty Fuels Limited Access To Food In Liberia
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Research Shows Poverty Fuels Limited Access To Food In Liberia

By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, May 14 (LINA) – A recent research conducted by the Subah Belleh Associates has revealed that most Liberians have limited access to food as the result of pervasive poverty, high unemployment, poor infrastructures and low incomes, among other conditions.

Subah Belleh Associates is a Liberian-owned research and consultancy firm that renders services in training planning, needs assessment, project management and data collection and analysis, among others.

According to the research, 68 percent of employed Liberians work in the informal sector without regular wages or benefits.

This was disclosed by the Associate Consultant of Subah Belleh Associates, R. Oliver Gayflor Subah, at a one-day Validation Workshop on Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review, held at the Lutheran Church Conference Room in Monrovia on Friday.

Subah, making a presentation at the workshop, said the objective for the research conducted recently, was to establish a comprehensive analysis of the food security and nutrition situation in Liberia.

According to him, the research was geared towards determining the progress that national policies, strategies and programs have made in improving the food security and nutrition situation, and identifying gaps and opportunities in the national response.

Subah pointed out that the research was also geared towards identifying and articulating priority actions that are required to fill the response gaps, take advantage of opportunities that exist, and expedite progress towards achieving zero-hunger.

He called on government to increase funding to Agriculture, including investment in food production and to implement the Maputo Declaration which calls for10 percent budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector.

 Subah emphasized that government should use part of that increment in the budget of the agricultural sector to incentivize local food producing farmers and provide support for inputs and other production assets.

He emphasized that government must lead stakeholders in appreciating any linkages and work with it to provide effective interlinks among all interventions.

Subah also called on government to develop Capacity for Emergency Preparedness and improve institutional, policy and operational capacity in line with the Disaster Risk Management Policy.

He further called for the establishment of a Disaster Management Agency and the development of a disaster information early-warning system to promote greater public awareness of disaster risk reduction.

LINA RD/WSG/PTK

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