By James K. Kadi, Jr.
The United Nations Food for Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and partners has held a one-day round table meeting for the implementation of the Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Program.
Speaking at the meeting, Agriculture Minister Madam Seklau Wiles said the Liberian economy is centered on agriculture activities, including cash and food crop, livestock, fisheries, and forestry production.
Minister Wiles told the gathering that agriculture has always contributed to the Liberian economy and made up 35% of the GDP in 2015.
She said the agriculture sector remains at minimal levels of production, transformation and export.
Minister Wiles said the agriculture sector has grown at 2.8% on average per year between 2005 and 2013, while the population averaged 3.4% annual growth during the same period.
Madam Wiles narrated that since the adoption of the comprehensive African Agriculture Development (CAADP) in Liberia, there has been continued emphasis on agriculture development to strengthen the sector.
For his part, FAO Country Representative Mr. Marc Abdala said their support toward Liberia’s agriculture sector will always continue.
He said Liberians have to take ownership of projects supported by Liberia’s partners.