- 31 Mar
GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENT THE TRANSFORMATIONAL AGENDA AND TO ADDRESS THE SOCIO ECONOMIC NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY-Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai
From the Desk of Atty. George K. Saah, Director Media Relations (0886-514-462)
Monrovia, March 30, 2016
Vice President Joseph N.Boakai has assured development partners of Solidaridad that the Government of Liberia remains committed to partnering with civil society organizations to implement the transformational agenda for Liberia in a bid to help address the needed socio economic needs of the country.
He said Liberia is not alone in the search for development partners and a platform that ensures sustainability, noting with the establishment of Solidaridad in several other countries, the very mandate of these governments is such that they would like to seek partnership with the development community and the civil society.
Vice President Boakai made the remarks at the official inauguration of solidaridad West Africa in Liberia at the Paynesville City Hall Wednesday; the program was held under the theme change that matters, according to a release from the Office of the Vice President.
Solidaridad is a global network organization with a nine regional hubs across five continents that promote sustainable development through interventions that impact positively on communities, agricultural supply chains, climate resilience and national economic development with regional offices in Ghana and operational programs in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Liberia.
Vice President Boakai pointed out that the activities of Solidaridad are largely streamlined with Liberia’s national agenda for transformation which aims at supporting a core pillar of Accelerated Agricultural Modernization and Natural Resource Management in the nation’s medium term development framework, which is also in line with the Food and Agriculture Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Vice President went on to say that he was particularly delighted to know that through its supply chain development work, the Solidaridad network is strategically positioned to support countries where it is operational to achieve the targets of the sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs.
Touching on climate change, Vice President Boakai who attended the Copenhagen summit on Climate Change in 2012 said no country or continent is immuned from the effects of this global phenomenon, its consequences make such impact on the environment and production systems, population growth, dwindling resources, energy deficits and hazards associated with fossil fuels, a release from the Office of the Vice President went on to emphasize.
According to a release, Africa today continues to witness food crisis and hunger, the FAO puts food imports to Africa above $3 billion per annum, with over 300 million people living on less than a dollar per day and many are at risk of sinking deeper into poverty. According to the Vice President, despite the importance of Agriculture and the continent’s endowment with much of what food production requires, Africa today continues to witness food crisis and hunger.
The Vice President said the difficult challenge of Africa to produce enough food to feed itself is made worse by the impacts of climate change, which among other things, reduce precipitation and increase temperatures. Cereals yields in Africa are a quarter of the global average and pointed out that the low performance of agriculture in Africa is at the heart of its slow economic growth.
In a statement to the conferees, Former President of the Interim Government of National Unity, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer said, the Solidaridad was a “unique and Strategic” innovation and referred to the Vice President as ‘a champion of these types of innovative ideas to lift Liberia and to give them an important strategic place in the economy.”
Dr. Sawyer pointed out that the innovation will strengthen entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector mainly small scale farmers and provides the management skills to lift farmers out of the situation we found ourselves.
The Regional Director of Solidaridad, Mr. Isaac Gyamfi addressing the program said the world’s population will reach nine billion by 2050 and there was the need to identify sources for sustainable energy as well as practices and approaches that will meet the demands for food, fiber and energy, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.
The Solidaridad is made up of civil society organizations and founded in 1969 in five continents, fifty-two countries, nine regional hubs and thirteen supply chains.