MOA, FAO Sign US$250K Agreement to Boost Agriculture

first_imgStakeholders at the roundtable’s discussion.By Joe Fineboy (Contributor)The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, signed a US$250,000 agreement to boost Liberia’s agriculture sector. The amount was provided by the Government of Japan.FAO’s Country representative Madam Mariatou Njie said the agreement focuses on integrated sustainable rice system development, and support to implementation of the 2009 FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measure and voluntary guidelines to boost the agriculture in the region.Madam Njie said rice, which is the country staple food, which is commonly eaten with fish, it is good that much attention be given to them to enhance food security, adding, “the country imports more than 90% of rice at a cost of about US$80 million per year.She said that a 2018 report of Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), indicates that 37.8% of food and live animals were imported, thus leading to the increase in demand of rice with a growing population of 2.5% per annum.Against this backdrop, Madam Njie said the first project, “integrated sustainable rice system development,” is intended to assist the government in enhancing food production capacity of smallholders’ farmers to sustainable increase production of food, and alleviate incomes and food availability.According to her, the project will be implemented through the MoA with Africa Rice in close collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with technical support from FAO.Madam Njie said that Phase II of the project will focus on securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, and maritime security in the gulf of Guinea, and will also address major livelihood of Liberians.She said that this also to improve sustainability of marine fisheries by preventing, deterring and eliminating, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and enhance maritime security in the region.Phase II of the project, according to Madam Njie, will be implemented in Liberia and Sierra Leone for a period of one year in the tune of US$500,000 budget.She used the occasion to thank the Government of Japan through its Ambassador, Tsutomun Himeno for entrusting her organization, FAO, with the resources for execution.The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mogana Flomo, expressed overwhelming joy for the funding, and called on Liberians to go back to the soil, and take agriculture seriously, as international partners are willing to assist.He said Liberia is a country with the right soil that Liberians need to cultivate and produce food that will sustain them.Dr. Flomo assured the partners that under his administration, he will ensure that agriculture activities benefit the growing population of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The adventures of 120 intrepid Loreto Letterkenny TY students

first_imgTransition Year student Cliodhna Harvey looks back on her experiences of walking, watersports and scavenging at Gartan as part of her Gaisce Award.Last Wednesday the 5th of October, 120 TY students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny headed out to Gartan for two adventurous nights. As soon as they arrived, they were thrown into the deep end and had to walk 15km around Gartan Lake.Thankfully on return, a warm dinner was waiting on them. However their day wasn’t over yet, as they still had the night line to do, which involved trekking through a dark and muddy forest – blindfolded! The following morning, all 120 TYs were up at 8:00am with half heading out to the cold, icy waters of Gartan Lake for kayaking and canoeing and the other half staying on land doing orienteering, archery and rock climbing.After a long morning of activity, the TYs were met with a huge spread of salads, soup and rolls for lunch, before another action-packed afternoon of activities. The afternoon activities were swapped, so those who did water activities in the morning did land activities in the afternoon.There was no break for the TYs on Thursday night either, as they were faced with the challenge of the Scavanger Hunt, which involved finding out different pieces of information about Gartan, by working together as a team.The TYs had another late night on Thursday, as the Gartan team brought out their karaoke machine, for some late night entertainment. However these late nights weren’t a good enough excuse for a lie in, as the TYs were up at the crack of dawn again on Friday for another long, exhausting walk from Gartan to Glenveagh Castle. (18km) After the great, action-packed three days at Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, the Loreto girls were ready for a good night’s sleep. All had had a fantastic experience and would return again in a heartbeat.by Cliodhna HarveyThe adventures of 120 intrepid Loreto Letterkenny TY students was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gaiscegartanTransition Yearlast_img read more

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