…Says WFP Country Director
The Representative and Country Director of the World Food Programme in Liberia Bienvenu Djossa, has expressed optimism for Liberia to end hunger by 2030 in line with the objectives and targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
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 15 years to come.
A release said regional consultations are being held in the counties to sensitize and gather the views, ideas and inputs of Liberians from all walks of life to engender a national roadmap for hunger solutions.
Speaking in Gbarnga, Bong County recently during the fifth and final round of the regional consultations, Mr. Djossa urged participants to make contributions “so that your voices are heard regardless of who you are – pem-pem rider, marketer, farmer, student, everybody needs to participate – because the key answers to hunger challenges will come from you.”
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 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.
“WFP is pleased to contribute to this process by playing the key role of facilitator in conjunction with other UN agencies, civil society organizations, government ministries and partners,” he added.
James Marwieh, another farmer from Nimba County, said “there are tons of rice stuck up in Nimba for three years without government buying it thus 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.”
Following more than two years of preparation, “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and other heads of states and governments approved the 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals in the UN General Assembly meeting held on 25 September 2015 in New York, so that by 2030 no one is left behind in terms of health, poverty alleviation, education, food security and partnership, to name a few.
Goal Two focuses on food security, end hunger, and improved agriculture and nutrition. Dr. Amos Sawyer is the Chair of the Liberia Strategic Hunger Review exercise with Subah Belleh Associates (development consultancy firm) serving as research agency.