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Agric. Minister launches National Resilience Priorities

Agric. Minister launches National Resilience Priorities

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security Hon. Prof. Patrick Monty Jones,  launched the National Resilience Priorities at the Ministry’s conference hall in Freetown. The Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) Sahel and West Africa, is a framework that helps to foster improved synergy, coherence and effectiveness in support of resilience initiatives in the 17 West African and Sahelian countries. The Alliance is placed under the political and technical leadership of ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and it is based on existing platforms and networks, in particular the RPCA. Building on the “Zero Hunger” target within the next 20 years, the Alliance is neither an initiative nor a policy. It is a policy tool aimed at channelling efforts of regional and international stakeholders towards a common results framework. A Regional Roadmap adopted in April 2013 specifies the objectives and main orientations of AGIR.  (Photo: Prof. Monty Jones, Agric. Minister )

The Government of Sierra Leone in collaboration with key development partners has committed itself addressing food and nutrition crisis prevention and management through a number of policy directions that are contributing to resilience building for the most vulnerable population.

In this direction, the main policy drivers includes: The National Sustainable Agricultural Development plan NSADP2010, NATIONAL Food and Nutrition Security Implementation plan 2013 to 2018, CAADP, DRAFT Inclusive Comprehensive Agricultural Development Program 2016 to2020 and the Agenda for Prosperity.

Since the adoption of the regional roadmap in 2013, all 17 Sahelian and West African countries have been engaged in the implementation of national inclusive dialogues (NID) to define their National Resilience Priorities (NRPs). This comes at a time when the region is committed to drawing up a second generation of National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs), in line with the African Union Malabo Declaration of 2014. This project presents an opportunity to integrate the National Resilience Priorities as “a Component for Resilience-strengthening of vulnerable populations”.

The Minister of Agriculture emphasised on the need to improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihood, Strengthen the nutrition of vulnerable households, sustainably improve Agricultural production and productivity that will improve the incomes of vulnerable household and access to food, strengthening Governance in food and nutrition security.  All of these, he said will help to push the Agenda for Prosperity.

The Scaling up Nutrition National Coordinator Dr. Foh, spoke about the importance of disease prevention and nutrition.

By Abubakarr Daramy, PRO Agric. Ministry

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