MCC, Partners Brainstorm on Urban & Peri-Urban Agriculture Sector

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The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and Welt Hunger Hlife, an international non-governmental organization yesterday held a one day stakeholders conference on urban and peri-urban agriculture sector to develop a strategy aimed at improving the food security situation, nutrition practices and income for farmers in Montserrado, Bomi and other parts of the country.
The conference was under the theme: “Ensuring an integrated national urban agriculture strategy” and was held on Wednesday, August 5, with funding from the European Union (EU).
Monrovia City Mayor Madam Clara Doe-Mvogo, who spoke at the opening of the one day stakeholder’s conference at the City Hall, stated that the meeting’s focus was on how Liberians can feed themselves from farming activities in the country.
She noted that Liberia has lots of land and therefore, “We should be able to feed ourselves and our families instead of depending on other countries who are also involved into agriculture.”
Madam Mvogo told the stakeholders, including farmers that they are responsible to feed Liberia and therefore, they should improve on agriculture so that the country would have abundant food.
She urged them to contribute to the growth and success of Liberia.
She indicated that the urban agriculture project has been undertaken in cities like Monrovia, Tubmanburg and Gbarnga to enhance food production locally.
Also speaking, EU Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Tiina Intelmann, told the participants that EU is in Liberia to help improve the livelihood of the its people through several activities, including agriculture, and noted that it was critical for Liberians to produce rice, rather than depend on imports from other countries.
She promised that her country will support the urban agriculture project for seven years to help ensure that Liberia attains food security, and challenged Liberians to get actively involved in local food production.
The EU Ambassador disclosed that EU is working with the government on a seven year program which is intended to develop the country’s agriculture sector.
Madam Asja Hanano, Country Director for Weit Hunger Hlife, expressed gratitude to partners for the joint conference and pledged support to farmers who are engaged in urban and peri-urban farming in the country. She further encouraged farmers to get involved in urban farming.
sIn the midst of increasing urban poverty levels, urban agriculture, which is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in and around Monrovia, has taken a center stage for large amount of urban residents.
Today’s landscape of urban agriculture practice in Liberia has features of crop farming, animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, horticulture, and the like.
Moreover, the government has recently developed a draft National Urban Policy Framework Document (NUPED) in which urban agriculture is discussed in separate chapters on urban land use planning and livelihood respectively.
Urban and peri-urban agriculture have been defined as the cultivation of crops and rearing of animals for food and other uses within surrounding boundaries of cities, including fisheries and forestry.

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