President Sirleaf Launches Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report, Home-Grown School Feeding Program

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

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Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report and Home-Grown School Feeding Program. Although initiated by the Governance Commission (GC), the report admits the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as benchmark for achieving development goals set aside by the United Nations to be met in 2030. President Sirleaf said no nation can make such achievement without the participation of its citizenry.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf spoke on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Monrovia City Hall when she delivered the keynote address and launched the “Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report & Home-Grown School Feeding Program.”

The Liberian leader said if all the efforts by the GC and its partners is achieved on the ground and not limited to a sheet of paper - Liberians will be able to overcome hunger.

She said while prioritizing nutritional food security for Liberia through such policy framework was very important, the implementation aspect of said policy should be pursued since “Food Security” is an integral part of the “Agenda for Transformation (AFT). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remain the primary responsibility of government, but it cannot be achieved without the participation of the ordinary citizens of this country,” President Sirleaf noted.

Referring to the report, President Sirleaf said she highlighted the participation of every Liberian affected by hunger, including farmers, marketers, students, young men and women, the elderly and children.

“We must achieve our benchmark of meeting zero percent hunger in Liberia, because we have vast fertile lands, good tropical rain forests, rain falls, and rivers, as our natural endowments that has added value to agricultural productivity,” she stressed.

She appealed to the Governance Commission and all of its partners, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to ensure adequate support is mobilized for the agricultural sector, particularly in the areas of rice, cassava, and vegetable production.

The Liberian Chief Executive named Bomi, Cape Mount, River Cess, River Gee, Gbarpolu and Sinoe as amongst some of the most hunger and poverty-stricken counties in Liberia and called on the Governance Commission and its partners to visit in order to ensure that the new framework on ending hunger and poverty succeeds.

President Sirleaf noted agriculture, nutrition and education as areas for investments with a view to providing job opportunities for many who will produce more, especially when they are aware that there is a market for their products.

Speaking earlier, the Chair of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer said the launch would strengthen the process of agricultural productivity in Liberia aimed at benefitting the country.

“Obtaining zero tolerance in hunger for the country is the same as obtaining full potential of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations Development Index intended to see extreme hunger and poverty totally eradicated from Liberia,” Dr. Sawyer noted.

For his part, Agriculture Minister, Dr. Moses Zinnah said the launching ceremony marked the first bold step of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration in promoting agriculture in the country. He cited the Liberia Agricultural Transformational Agenda (LATA), which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture.

In brief remarks, Representative Josephine George Francis of Montserrado County said Liberia has had aid but it is now time for to invest in agriculture. The ceremony was attended the Secretary General Special Representative to Liberia Farid Zariff, and an array of development partners.