$50M Boost for Food Security
Owing to policy initiative to alleviate poverty and reduce the human suffering of the weaker economic nations in the world, the G-20 Economic Powerhouse Pittsburgh Conference has earmarked the Ministry of Agriculture in Sierra Leone to benefit from a $50 million grant aimed at boosting agricultural productivity in this part of the world.
This was revealed by the Communication Unit Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Samuel Serry Jr who said that as part of the pledge laid by the economic powerhouse, which is to support the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFC), a mechanized multilateral establishment charged with the responsibility to assist funding countries that have already established strategic investment plans to boost its agricultural potential.
He noted that currently the Smallholder Commercialization Programme (SCP) has attracted this grant underscoring that it is in tandem with the Millennium Development Goals to sustain a better global economic condition for weaker nations to match-up to the developing world.
He rapped further that the grant will be used to empower the 60% farming population which mostly employs youths and maintained that they redirect this fund as well to help women in farming, as well as the physically challenged. Spell bounding the message that the paramount objectives is to see that farmers attain higher income and satiable food security, Serry added that it will be achieved with the model of realism targeting a reduced gap between national rice production and demands through a 15% increase.
The Communication Officer maintained that this programme will further establish 83 additional ABC’s to build the capacity of farmers on value chain process in a bid to expose a private agro-dealership service and he concluded that this grant will be pumped into improving the rural poor farmers, to access financial service to empower their agricultural acumen both financially and educationally.
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