Harbel — The Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations with help from the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture final week ended a four-day Section Two of a Blended Studying Programme on Accountable Agriculture Funding (RAI) on the Farmington Lodge, Robert Worldwide Airfield in Liberia. The blended studying session which was held on the theme: “Creating an enabling setting for accountable funding in agriculture and meals techniques”, introduced collectively about forty individuals drawn from authorities Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Justice, Departments of Forestry and Agriculture Funding Companies from each Liberia and Sierra Leone. Facilitators got here from FAO Headquarters in Rome and Johannesburg, South Africa.
In the course of the opening session, one of many main facilitators who doubles because the Capability Growth Officer at FAO, Chiara Nicodemi mentioned the second section of the blended studying programme on Accountable Agriculture Funding (RAI) adopted the primary section of on-line studying. In her overview of the four-day studying session, she mentioned this system goals to boost the capacities of presidency authorities in facilitating and selling accountable agriculture investments in sustainable manner by constructing on abilities acquired throughout the first section to strengthen & consolidate abilities to allow individuals from Liberia and Sierra Leone in refining roadmaps & making certain they’re absolutely outfitted to translate data acquired into concrete motion.
The important thing goal of the blended studying programme, was geared in the direction of deepening data on the Rules for Accountable Funding in Agriculture and Meals Techniques, assess the nations’ processes and actions associated to RAI, establish challenges, options and priorities, constructing networks, committing to behavioural adjustments and creating motion plans for attaining extra accountable investments in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Key among the many studying periods throughout the 4 days Blended Studying Programme had been presentation of updates on Section One motion plans, inclusive policymaking for change, stakeholders mapping, group presentation of nation dialogue on the applying of RAI, institution of a multi-stakeholders platform, environmental safety points in relation to agriculture, presentation of Liberia’s case on information administration system.
Presenting motion plan on behalf of the Liberian crew, Meo D. Beyan, the Assistant Minister Industrial Transactions, Division of Financial Affairs, Ministry of Justice says the general goal of the nation’s draft plan of motion focuses on: Institution of a practical and sustainable Multi-Sectorial Platform on Accountable Agriculture Funding, Empowering youths to interact in RAI and Mainstream RAI rules in designing, implementing and monitoring of Agricultural investments. Within the plan, the crew enlisted actions starting from evaluate of current insurance policies to develop RAI guidelines for Agriculture initiatives at design stage amongst others.
On behalf of the Sierra Leone crew, Engineer Gorge Rogerson of the Ministry of Nation Planning and the Surroundings introduced the nation’s motion plan on RAI. The aims give attention to: Establishing and operationalize a central environmental information administration system and Enhancing energetic youth participation in Agric entrepreneurship with actions together with: conduct a nationwide consultations on youth funding in Agric, nationwide mapping of youth in agriculture packages and proffer options, set up 4 incubator facilities, proposal growth, set up youths into cooperatives.
Marking the closure of the session had been Ministers of Agriculture, Inner Affairs and Justice. In his remarks, the Minister of Inner Affairs, Varney Sirleaf known as on all of the individuals to help utility of the rules of accountable agriculture funding to enhance the sector, which the nation’s predominant supply of financial growth. He urged line ministries, departments and businesses together with growth companions within the sector to work along with the Inner Affairs Ministry in ensuring that Liberia succeeds in its meals safety drive.
Talking on the closing session of the workshop, the FAO Nation Consultant, Madam Mariatou Njie, reechoed that accountable agriculture funding is an all-stakeholders’ affairs that requires all hands-on deck. Which means the federal government, intergovernmental and regional organizations, financing establishments, universities and extension organizations, small holder farmers and their organizations, enterprise enterprises, civil society organizations, employees and their unions, communities and shopper teams are all wanted to play energetic roles to realize RAI. “I’m subsequently inspired by quantity and multiplicity of stakeholders’ illustration from varied background on this studying session. Extra so the excessive stage of your participation, dedication and high quality of the motion plans introduced immediately”, mentioned the FAOR. She added the shows encourage us collectively giving there are pathways to making sure that funding in agriculture sector can happen in a conducive funding setting; whereby individuals won’t infringe on the land, water, and meals rights of people and fairly contribute than deduct from the efforts in the direction of a world free from starvation and malnutrition.
‘The Agriculture and Pure Assets sector is a serious participant within the financial system and key contributor in the direction of assembly the nation’s precedence aims and the primary two Sustainable Growth Objectives – the eradication of starvation and poverty by 2030. The motion plans subsequently supplied the required steerage on the areas during which actions needs to be concentrated within the sector as a way to maximize outputs from funding by each the private and non-private sectors to make sure that the plan of action being catered for coverage are applicable when it comes to the nation’s curiosity and capacities”, mentioned Madam Njie.
In conclusion, she reiterated FAO’s dedication to help Liberia and Sierra Leone extra broadly, in figuring out methods to implement these plans as she appears ahead to receiving them with a lot curiosity.
In his official closing remarks of the four-day workshop, the Performing Minister of Agriculture – (for Planning and Growth), Robert Fargans, applauded the Meals and Agriculture Set up workplace in Liberia and its Headquarters in Rome for the group’s continued technical help to the sector in Liberia. The Deputy Minister for Planning and Growth urged all sector actors in creating the enabling setting to selling Accountable Agriculture Funding and meals techniques in each Liberia and Sierra Leone.