…To End Hunger In Liberia
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
The visiting WFP’s Regional Director for Central and West Africa, Abdou Dieng has underscored the need for collective efforts aimed at ending hunger in Liberia.
Speaking to journalists Wednesday when he visited Orphan Grain Farmers Cooperative in Johnsonville, outside of Monrovia, Dieng said ending hunger in Liberia requires the collective efforts of everyone including the government, partners and citizens.
The WFP Regional Director said he does not see why Liberia can’t feed itself considering the abundant rich soil it has.
He said Liberia does not only have abundant rich soil, but also farmers who are capable of producing huge quantity of food to feed the country, adding “the farmers have demonstrated that they have the ability to grow what the people can eat.”
Mr. Dieng said all that the farmers need are the necessary equipment and capacity to produce large quality of food.
He said his visit is aimed at holding discussions with relevant stakeholders including the government, partners, farmers, among others, on what can be done collectively to end hunger in Liberia.
The WFP Regional Director emphasized that ending hunger as required by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is everybody’s business.
“We must end hunger…that is why I am here holding discussions with the Government of Liberia including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, partners and farmers,” he added.
Dieng said he is impressed with the level of achievements and progress that Liberia has made over the years, after difficult periods including the civil and Ebola crises.
“The Liberia I knew when I first visited Liberia, is not the Liberia today, lots have changed…,” he said.
Dieng then stressed the need for Liberia to consolidate the peace it currently enjoys.
For his part, WFP Country Director to Liberia Bienvenu Djossa said the UN agency is prepared to work with community-driven farmer groups to build their capacity so as to produce more food.
Earlier, the Program Manager for Orphan Grain Farmers Cooperative Pastor Peter Flomo lauded WFP for supporting his group.
Pastor Flomo said prior to WFP assistance, his group was engaged in traditional method of farming but with the support of the UN agency, Orphan Grain Farmers Cooperative has transformed into the modern method of farming.
He said his group has cultivated 266 lots and is engaged in rice and vegetables productions.