GOL, Partners Intensify Strategy to Enhance Food Security

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By Washington Watson- onewash9@gmail.com

MONROVIA-The Liberian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and its partners, Concern Worldwide, Welt hunger hilfe have concluded a one day intensive independent dialogue in Monrovia.

The one day dialogue was part of Liberia, United Nations   food system summit 2021, with key focus on moving forward with national programing in Liberia.

Outlining  the objective of the  Dialogue  was  the Head of Project Multi-sectorial Intervention ,Joseph  Ashong  who said based on the Government and the United Nation food system dialogue, Concern Worldwide and Weit Hunger hilfe decided to organize  a dialogue  on nutrition  as means of supporting  the Government efforts  to improve security.

He disclosed   that   the one day dialogue was part of two organization’s efforts to support the Government ‘s preparation for the national dialogue that is slated for August of this year.

The decision and information reached from the one day dialogue according to Mr. Ashong ,will be compared   and shared with the Government of Liberia to be inclusive with the National action plan as well as to be shared into the global food system summit.

The Head of Project Multi-Secretarial Interventions  further emphasized that the significance of  the dialogue  was  to get  the  attention   of    the Government, organizations, citizens  and other actors concerning the  understanding  of nutrition  and how it can be improved in the country.

He said  government  and partners  focus by 2030 is  to  reduce  malnutrition, that has negative impact on children who are affected,  indicating  that such children are not good in school thus affecting  the country’s economy among others.

Also speaking during the dialogue, Agriculture Minister Jeanine Cooper expressed gratitude to the two organizations for organizing such a vital initiative at head of the United Nations food System summit.

“This is indeed the first of the national dialogue that we will undertake between now to September when the actual summit begin” Minister Cooper said.

The Agriculture Boss however said convening an independent dialogue was an important part of the global efforts in having all voices heard including everyone’s option.

The Theme of the dialogue was: “Moving forward with National Programming in Liberia has come at a time when the country has a negative report on food security especially   data on food and nutrition.”

At the same time, the Country Director of Concern Worldwide, David Smith said his organization is key and active in offering their support to the national food dialogue program that will lead up to the food security summit.

He further described nutrition as a crucial component and indicator of their wellbeing in the country, they are concern in moving nutrition up on the agenda.

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