Participants at the opening of the weeklong training

MOA, Partners Begin One Week Workshop

The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with its partners has begun a weeklong workshop with the focus of implementing an integrated agriculture information system called Economic Community of West African States Agricultural policy (ECOAGRIS).

Assistant Minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture, Patrick Worzie said the workshop will help participants to better formulate and monitor policies, undertake sectoral data analysis and strategies for agricultural development.

ZFA women assemble to brief the press: “…we have matured into an institution of trust based on what we have generated over the three cycles (3 years) of our operations.”

VSLA in Karnplay Boosts Women’s Financial Self-reliance

The Zoadeor Farmers Association (ZFA) in Karnplay, Nimba County, is redefining the role of its members in their various homes by addressing the need for self-reliance in financial management.

They came together to form the Village Savings Loans Association (VSLA), which gained support through a pilot initiative of USAID-FED.

The Chairman of the all-woman Zoedeor Farmers Association, Mrs. Mary K. Dinyea, on Thursday told a team of journalists on a tour organized by USAID-FED that the association can now boast of over L$2million in revenues after three years.

Madam Malinda B. Joss, Executive Director WOCDAL with the farm tools in Margibi County

6 Receive Farming Inputs

The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations recently distributed a consignment of assorted farm tools to six farming organizations in Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi and Nimba counties.

These organizations were selected based on requests they had earlier submitted to the UNFAO Liberia office.

Menlehkoyee Farming Group preparing a bed

Prince Kollie brushes in Garmue Town

Food Security Needed to Sustain Peace

Liberia cannot be a safe place if many of its people keep going to bed hungry, USAID-FED Project’s Communication Specialist Robert Reeves told a team of journalists during a four-day tour of its project farms in Bong and Nimba counties.

Mr. Reeves made the remarks during a visit to Garmue Town in Bong County, to inspect rice farming projects.

Some fabricate local agricultural machineries and some artisans

Mechanized Farming Key to Improving Agriculture

Several dignitaries who attended the closing ceremony of 20 artisans that were trained by AfricaRice and partners have been urged to take back to their communities what they learned to build the skills of other local artisans.

Speaking recently in Gbarnga, Bong County, the Country Representative of AfricaRice, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo, said the absence of mechanization has affected the productivity of agriculture in general and rice in particular in Africa.

He said to alleviate the constraint AfricaRice in its new strategy has put mechanization as a top priority.


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