The Montserrado County Agriculture Coordinator has commended the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF) for the level of work the organization is doing in the agriculture sector.
Madam Beatrice Togba Wuo said ESLRF is making a huge impact in the county as many of the farmers continue to receive farming implements from the organization.
“We want to say that you are doing a great job and we hope you continue,” she said.
Madam Wuo made the commendation recently at the quarterly meeting of Montserrado County farmers and project implementing organizations with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and some of its partners.
Madam Wuo’s commendation came after the project’s technician, Koboi Lamine, made a full report on a three-month project under the World Food Program with finance assistance from the Japanese Government.
Under the project known as a pilot Food for Aid (FFA) initiative – meant for rural and peri-urban communities – over 6,000 farmers in rural Montserrado County, including many young women, benefitted from the provision of agriculture seeds and farming implements.
Mrs. Wuo also expressed gratitude for the foundation’s work with farmers in the five agricultural districts in the county.
“You are one of our newest project implementers here, but you have done excellently well,” she lauded.
Mrs. Wuo wants all project implementers to be as robust as the foundation so as to put the county ahead of the rest of the counties.
The project worked with farmers in collaboration with authorities at MOA to assess, register and build the capacities of farmers in cultivating various hectares in upland, lowland and road rehabilitation.
The goal of the project was to build post Ebola resilience where farmers would use their inputs in food and tools provided to enhance the livelihood of about 6,000 households.
The foundation distributed seeds, fertilizers and agro chemicals based on requests and needs of each farmer group. An agro processing machine was also given to one of the beneficiary groups.
“WFP (World Food Program) installed this machine, which was given to Orphan Grain Farm that had a total of 6.5 hectares of lowland, and provided training in usage and maintenance,” said technician Lamine, adding that ESLRF also constructed spillways at two farming sites in Mount Barclay and Orphan Grains in Johnsonville.
According to Lamine, food distribution was carried out at all project sites based on work output, where a total of 243.6 metric tons of food was received from the WFP and distributed to beneficiaries at various sites.
“We are grateful that our partners such as the MOA, WFP really helped us through technical meetings, assessment, field monitoring, work output measurement and conflict management at field level,” said Lamine.