United States Ambassador Deborah Malac has said that given agriculture makes up the largest workforce of Liberia, the government and people of the United States of America will continue to provide supports toward agriculture. Amb. Malac said her country’s support is geared toward poverty reduction.
Ambassador Malac gave the assurance Tuesday, April 29, when she made remarks at the opening of the 2nd Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Conference held in Monrovia.
The U.S government is providing support to agriculture, through the USAID/FED project in four counties in Liberia to enhance food security.
“There is a need that Liberian farmers get more supports to enable them graduate from subsistence agriculture to commercialization. That is why under the Feed and Future initiative, the U.S government is helping to develop not just food production but a better business climate,” she said.
She further stated that agriculture is contributing to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Liberia and employment of many of its citizens.
“We are pleased that the USAID/FED project has enabled Liberian farmers to get 44 percent increase in their crop production. Market sale of cassava among beneficiaries of our program has also increased income of local farmers,” she said.
Meanwhile, the U.S Ambassador has disclosed that USAID was working with the government and partners to create policies that will improve the business climate of farmers.