USAID-FED Committed to Improving Food Security

first_imgLess than two years to  conclude the United States Agency for International Development-Food and Enterprise Development (USAID-FED) support toward local farmers in the country, Lofa County is basically utilizing the technical expertise and capital benefits provided by the program.Lofa is noted for being one of the bread baskets of Liberia, where agriculture activities are always active.The five-year program, which started in 2010 is aimed at providing farming equipment, improved agricultural skills in swamp rice development, cassava planting, livestock and vegetable production.It also seeks to create marketing opportunities for local farmers, extension services and processing facilities.The aim is to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians through increased agricultural productivity and profitability. It is implemented in six counties: Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.The United States Government is supporting the Liberian priorities to build sustainable local capacity, make a difference in people’s lives, and move towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity.USAID FED is Africa’s largest project under US President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, which promotes a move away from subsistence and increasing food security by working with public and private bodies, including the Government of Liberia, the private sector, local NGOs and other key stakeholders.Interestingly, when the Daily Observer newspaper visited Lofa County recently, farmers from three districts including Voinjama, Foyah and Kolahun, expressed great satisfaction for USAIDFED’s support toward their various agricultural projects.They said that with support received, there is gradual improvement in there farming activities.According to them, farming implement such as machetes, hoes, power tillers, fertilizers and others have been provided by USAID-FED to improve their productivities.They also disclosed being taught the knowledge of improved skills through workshops and in farmers’ field schools.However, the farmers said that marketing has been a serious challenge for them but were now happy that FED was addressing such constraints.A farmer in Krugmia town, Voinjama District, Musa M. Kabbah, told this paper that they have embarked on the cultivation of 1.7 hectares of lowland with support from USAID-FED.He said the purpose of the project is to empower the members in order to support their families.“In 2010, we stated this project in our community with 17 females and 15 males. Last year, we were fortunate to get support from FED to grow rice harvesting 20 bags of seed rice,” he said. But this year, we are determined to cultivate the entire field,” he added.Betijama town is one of the towns in Lofa, that the project supports livestock farmers.According to Mustapha L. McCarthy, FED’s Lofa County livestock officer, more than hundred persons are engaged into the rearing of small ruminant (goats, sheep) to earn income.He told our reporter that 10 lead farmers from several communities in Foyah and Voinjama were trained last year on animal health care and intensive management.He said that the intention of the training was to make goat farmers graduate from the traditional method of livestock farming to commercial animal breeding.One of the beneficiaries of the livestock project in Betijama town, Massaquoi Morlu, said the number of goats raised by their group has increased from 50 to 78 goats.Morlu said before the coming in of USAID-FED their animals were left to wander by themselves.“We have acquired knowledge on how to raise the animal in the proper manner. This has enabled us to get money to improve our living conditions,” he said.He, however, said that the marketing of their animals was something that needed some improvement.“We do not have as many buyers to purchase the animals,” he mentioned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miss United Nations Earth Promises to Assist Lady Erma School System

first_imgMiss United Nations Earth, Mollyn Duwelle Jarbo, has assured the students and administration of the Lady Erma Children’s Foundation Precious Gift International School located in Central Monrovia, of her desire to assist the school with food and educational materials.Miss Jarbo, Liberia’s international model, made the promise recently when she paid a one-day visit to the school. Her visit was to give her the opportunity to render humanitarian assistance to the school.Jarbo, who won the title of Miss Liberia USA in 2013 and later became the 2016-2017 Miss United Nation Earth, runs a philanthropic organization known as ‘Rise for Africa’ (RFA). The RFA‘s motto is, “Education is the Passport to a Successful Future.”She believes that with unity and commitment, the country’s education system will once more rise to international standards.“The best thing that any nation can give her citizens is quality education,” Jarbo told the faculty and students.She promised to support the school in every way possible so that the students can receive quality education, adding confidently that “the educational system will rise again.”She expressed her excitement over the manner in which the students welcomed her and displayed their respective academic skills.Jarbo told the students that her visit was to give back to Liberians particularly the student community what she acquired as a Liberian woman living in America. Meanwhile, Jarbo has called for partnership among Liberian school authorities and philanthropic organizations to provide the needed education that would speed-up the learning process for pupils throughout the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana delegation to travel to UK to push for lifting of ban on greenheart

first_imgA high-level delegation led by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman will be travelling to the United Kingdom to facilitate discussions on the complete lifting of its procurement ban on greenheart from Guyana. The meeting is set for November 19-21, 2018.The ban, which was introduced by the Environmental Agency (EA) in the UK in 2015, claimed that proof of sustainable sourcing of the forest product was inadequate. This has since resulted in a drastic decrease in exports of the product to the UK. It has also seen several concerns being raised by members of the Forest Producers Association and the public, as it was noted that the bannedMinister Raphael Trotmanproduct was historically vital to Guyana’s economy and the long-term effect of the ban could be damaging to Guyana’s export of greenheart as well as its credibility internationally.Greenheart represents over 18 per cent of Guyana’s logging industry production, of which timber is a major export earner, thus it was agreed that the Government of Guyana would engage in talks at the diplomatic level, among other things, to ensure this matter is sorted out.It must be noted that Guyana’s system of monitoring and verification to ensure logging is done in a sustainable and legal manner has been tested and proven over time, particularly, through our agreement with the Kingdom of Norway.With this being said, in December 2016, after being advised that a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification was awarded to Iwokrama, the EA relaxed the ban on greenheart. This meant that the UK began to accept Category A FSC 100 per cent greenheart only from Iwokrama, but continued to refuse Category B timber.In 2017, the UK agreed to reopen dialogue.In a statement, the Natural Resources Ministry said that Guyana saw this opening as an opportunity to fully ventilate the issue and Guyana’s position with regard to the UK, and made a case for completely lifting the ban on greenheart imports.Guyana will, therefore, take advantage of the opportunity for dialogue toward the resolution of the matter to restart the smooth export of greenheart to the UK, and strengthen the relationship between Guyana and the UK.“Guyana believes that it has met and maintained all international standards and criteria for the product and export of timber products of all species. This again is evidenced by the successful implementation of the Partnership Agreement with the Kingdom of Norway, and by the successful conclusion of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union, under the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) regime, which is to be signed on November 23, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium,” the statement further said.It was outlined that while in the UK, the delegation will deliver a presentation in support of Guyana’s case for lifting of the ban and hold discussions with senior officials.The Ministry, which will also receive delegation support from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, is anticipating that the discussions will be “fruitful and rewarding.” The other members of the Guyana delegation include Guyana Forestry Commission Chairman Joslyn Dow, EU-FLEGT Secretariat Head Kenny David and GFC Deputy Commissioner Gavin Agard.last_img read more

Teen escapee found hiding in barrel at Agricola

first_imgEighteen-year-old Marlon Jeffery, an Agricola resident who escaped from policeguard at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) on Wednesday last, was recaptured on Sunday morning, reportedly hiding in a barrel at a house in Brutus Street in that East Bank Demerara community.Recaptured: Melvor JefferyPolice Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan told Guyana Times that four other persons found in the home, two of whom are females, were also taken into police custody.Jeffery, also called “Melvor Jeffery” and “Buck”, of Lot 120 Agricola, EBD, was sometime last week apprehended by police allegedly for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, and to answer two counts of discharging a loaded firearm.In the police’s efforts to arrest Jeffery, the teenager had reportedly opened fire on the law-enforcement officials, and in that exchange of gunfire, the teen had sustained a gunshot injury to his back, thus he was hospitalised under police guard at the GPHC.The teenager was, reportedly for some time, planning his escape from lawful custody, since pieces of female clothing and a wig were found in the vicinity of his hospital bed. He had also left a short trail of blood after he had pulled out the tubes attached to the back of his hand in order to escape.The rank tasked with guarding Jeffery has since been placed under close arrest, after he allegedly had left his guarding post to go sleep, thus giving the suspect an opportunity to escape.last_img read more

Boil Water advisories issued for Blackfoot and Boundary Lake

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District and Northern Health are advising residents that use the Blackfoot and Boundary Lake water systems that they now must boil the water first before using it.Boil water advisories have been issued for both the Blackfoot and Boundary Lake water systems as of Friday August 26, 2016.  The boil water advisory issued in July for Fey Spring (Goodlow) water system remains in place.Northern Health says the advisories as the systems are at risk of containing pathogens.- Advertisement -Northern Health adds that you should boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, making infant formula, cooking, washing food or brushing teeth. Use hand sanitizer after washing hands. Water must be boiled for at least one minute.last_img read more