The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has donated a consignment of office equipment, including seven brand new desktop and five laptop computers to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for use to enhance youth skills in agriculture.
The initiative is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the youth and other employees of the Ministry as they endeavor to develop the skills of youth in agriculture activities. The ministry is engaged in a series of agriculture activities that encourage young people to acquire skills in farming for self sustainability and employment.
FAO country representative, Mariatou Njie, who delivered the items to officials of the ministry in Monrovia, said her organization recognizes the role of youth in agriculture.
“We are currently exploring concepts to develop projects that will support youth engagement in agriculture. FAO has supported the Government on youth empowerment through numerous programs in the past”, she said.
Madam Njie re-emphasized her institution’s commitment in working with the government to empower youth in agriculture in the country.
“FAO will continue to support the government to strengthen the human and institutional capacities to provide needed services, create a strong and enabling environment by reducing vulnerability among the youth.
Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson, who received the items, acknowledged the kind gesture of FAO. He said the computers and accessories will be used for the intended propose.
“We are delighted that FAO has donated these items to build the institutional capacity of the ministry. We look forward for more productive working relationship with them and other partners.”
Wilson expressed optimism that the recent FAO engagement and openness will help the ministry to empower the youth.
It can be recalled that in 2015, FAO through its Technical Cooperation Program, supported the government with a project titled: “Creating Aquaculture Enterprises for Youth Employment, Poverty Reduction and Food Security.” The project was geared towards building the capacity of 600 vulnerable youth in aquaculture development in Grand Bassa, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties.
Meanwhile, FAO has also presented seven Yamaha motorcycles, two Honda XL and two computers to the Ministry of Agriculture for use by the extension services to smallholder farmers.