Philip K. Faley, director of Bil-Lander Incorporated, has said that food, safe drinking water and knowledge sharing play significant roles in the future stability of Liberia and the continent.
Mr. Faley made the marks recently in Monrovia at a food exhibition held under the program, improvement of health care in Montserrado and Bomi counties through Infrastructure Development and Capacity Building Measures. Scores of farmers, health workers and community dwellers from the two counties participated in the fair.
The project three year long project costing US$2.7 million, is being supported by BMZ, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany,The project valued at US$2.7 million, is being supported by BMZ, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.
The gathering suggests and symbolizes uniqueness, togetherness, deeper collaboration and coordination among participants and organizers that will help to address the country’s sanitation and food insecurity challenges, said Faley.
In his keynote address, Faley described the exhibition as something that brings like-minded people to exhibit their products, produce and innovations that will help the country.
He said such events provide equal opportunities for experts to showcase their expertise and interact on future developments and innovations, knowledge sharing in their respective areas of focus.
“The science and practices of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the nurturing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products are also equally essential. Importantly, there should be strategic plans to match food consumption to the growing population, which reduces food insecurity,” Mr. Faley said.
The demand for safe and affordable water will surge and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food demand will increase by a staggering 98.6 percent.
Mrs. Z. Patience Flomo, Afromedical Community Health and Welfare Services executive director, said the program is intended to improve health, nutrition and hygiene projects in the targeted communities.
“We have helped about 300 farmers in the two counties with farming materials, so we want some of them to actually demonstrate farming activities, so that we could give them extra prizes as a way of encouraging them to do more,” Mrs. Flomo said.
She said the food fair is basically meant to promote nutrition and ensure that the program can be sustained even after the supporting organization have left.
Theophilus B. Dabieh, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Welt hungerhilfe, an international organization, said his entity is working in 52 communities both in Montserrado and Bomi counties. We are at the close of completing the rehabilitation of 15 government clinics in the two counties in collaboration with the Ministry of Health,” Dabieh said, adding that they are also educating community dwellers to observe sanitation, and nutritional messages to ensure that they maintain good health by growing what they eat and eating what they grow.
He continued, “We also provide training, tools, and seeds to the beneficiaries with the aim of ensuring that they have the capacities to make progress. We are also excited, because of the farmers’ cooperation to work with us. We can have all the money, but if there is no coordination, we will not make any progress.”