Agri Minister Calls for Greater Collaboration to Tackle Food Insecurity

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BRAC-Liberia and the MoA Team members.

Agriculture Minister Mogana S. Flomo has called on representatives of non-governmental organizations, the private sector, research institutes and consumers to work together to deliver sustainable food solutions for the country.

Minister Flomo made the call last Thursday when he visited the poultry and hatchery as well as the feed mill facility/project of BRAC-LIBERIA in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The BRAC project is aimed at ending hunger and to improve food and nutrition security in the country.

He lauded BRAC for their engagement, which he said is yielding some level of growth for the economy.

“BRAC-Liberia activities are highly contributing to the human capacity building, job creation for Liberians as well as bringing changes in the agriculture sector,” Flomo said.

“I am so impressed to see what you are doing by contributing towards the nation’s freedom from food insecurities, which is contributing to poverty alleviation and enhancing a viable economy,” the Minister said.

Flomo then promised BRAC, through its Country Representative Mainuddin Ahmed of his administration’s willingness to work together with the entity in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition.

In response,  Mr. Ahmed said that his institution was proud to work with the government to alleviate poverty and end exploitation and discrimination of all forms in the country.

Minister Flomo (middle with yellow rain boot) expresses gratitude to BRAC officials for working to end hunger and improve food and nutrition security.

“BRAC proudly promotes diversification and capacity development, which has placed more Liberians in senior management positions in our organization,” Ahmed said.

The entity became the first non-governmental organization to establish a Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill facility in Liberia since 2014 to enhance poultry production.

The facility is contributing to the reduction of  malnutrition, creating employment and generating income through producing and supplying Day-Old-Chicks (DOC), poultry feed and fresh eggs on the market.

“We are distributing the DOC and poultry feed among the project beneficiaries as support, and also selling the chicks to commercial farmers,” Ahmed said.

According to him, the European Union-supported project under the name, “Pro–ACT 2015,” strives to improve nutrition, promotes sustainable agriculture by developing resilient agricultural techniques and practices, thus building resilient markets and people who are able to generate diverse and stable livelihood incomes and adequate food and nutrition in the face of recurrent stresses and shocks in the country.

Ahmed said that the total beneficiaries of the project is 7,500, which include vulnerable smallholder farmers, community-based service promoters, entrepreneurs, market actors and community-based organizations.

He however welcomes the ministry’s initiative to collaborate with BRAC to improve the living condition of Liberians through agriculture.

Those who attended the program were Randolph R. Kolleh, Special Assistant to MOA, BRAC International Agriculture Program Manager, Habibur Rahman Khan, Babul Deba Nath, Poultry and Livestock Manager, and A.K.M. Rafiqul Islam, Agriculture Manager.

The ceremony was climaxed with a guided tour led by Minister Flomo and BRAC Country Team.

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