Peace-building Fund Project Launched for Youth in Agriculture

first_imgParticipants from the ministries of Agriculture, Gender, Labor, Youth and Sports at the launch of the peace-building fund project for youth in agriculture.The Government of Liberia (GoL) and the United Nations on Thursday, June 27, 2019, launched a peace-building fund project in Gbarnga, Bong County, aimed at enhancing income generation of entrepreneurs, mainly youth groups that are engaged into agricultural activities in Bong, and Lofa counties.The sustaining peace and improving social cohesion through the promotion of rural employment opportunities for youth in conflict-prone areas project is a team-driven effort implemented by the GoL through the ministries of Agriculture, Gender, Labor and Youth and Sports in collaboration with the United Nations office in Liberia, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, and the International Labor Organization.Peter Bemah, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister for Technical and Vocational Education, who performed the official launching exercise, called on youth in Bong and Lofa counties to embrace the project and be positive instruments of sustaining the peace, fostering social cohesion and living side-by-side in oneness.He pledged the MYS’ commitment in making the project successful as a basis for expansion to other counties.“If this project is not successful, we will not be able to extend it to other parts of the country involving the youths,” Bimba said.Bong County Gender Coordinator, Anita K. Rennie, said that young people can only be able to foster peace and fight against violence when they are empowered with the essential skills, and opportunities to be marketable adding that the project is the right vehicle.Meanwhile, youth leaders in the two counties, expressed the hope to empower an independent-minded youth.Augustine Kokulo Jr, Youth president of Zorzor District, Lofa County, said they were optimistic that the project “will empower us to the level where they will graduate from continuously standing at the door-steps of politicians begging for scholarships, and other handouts due to hardships, but to become self-sufficient.”Diggs K. Singbah, Youth Leader, Salala District, Bong County, said Liberian youth often face “extreme hardships to access the right opportunities to become marketable and productive.”“We hope that this project will help improve lives of young people by making them productive citizens,” he said.A multidimensional joint effort of FAO, ILO, WFP, and the GoL, the peace-building fund project is a 24-month activity, which primary purpose is sustaining the peace through reduction in youth vulnerability and achieve their positive engagement in improved rice, vegetable, poultry, and fish farming.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tottenham 1-2 Stoke: Potters make it look easy against Spurs

first_img Jon Walters scores for Stoke against Tottenham 1 Another home defeat, another woeful performance from Tottenham.Weeks after Newcastle left north London with all three points, Stoke City took a very poor Spurs side apart with ease as the Potters moved into ninth place following a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.Bojan Krkic’s brilliant opener and a Jonathan Walters strike gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead, with Nacer Chadli pulling one back for the Lilywhites, who ended the game with ten men.Before kick-off home fans were in buoyant mood upon hearing striker Harry Kane would start his first Premier League game of the season and he came close to opening the scoring in the first few minutes of the game, but could not steer his header into the goal.It was not a sign of things to come, however, as Krkic broke minutes later and ran through the heart of the Spurs defence before placing the ball beyond Hugo Lloris from 20 yards out to put the visitors in front.Then 10 minutes before the break they doubled their lead and Walters will not have had an easier opportunity to score as he was inexplicably left on his own with just Lloris to beat.Stoke were rampant as Spurs appeared to surrender and if the players were in any doubt about how bad they were, boos were heard around the stadium from the White Hart Lane faithful at half-time.Off came Christian Eriksen and Andros Townsend and on came Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele.And it was the former’s free-kick that led to Kane going close to pulling Spurs back into the game, but his header went just wide of Asmir Begovic’s post.An hour gone and it was at least an improvement on the first half.Stoke, though, continued to overrun Tottenham’s midfield and eventually the poor Etienne Capoue was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor.As the game entered the final 15 minutes, a fantastic Begovic save kept Lamela’s free-kick out.But moments later Tottenham finally found a way through when Chadli volleyed Danny Rose’s cross in from close-range, almost ripping the net in the process.There was to be no repeat of the comeback against Aston Villa when, in the final 10 minutes, Kyle Naughton was shown a straight red card for wiping out Victor Moses and bringing the Stoke man’s surging run forward to an abrupt halt.When the full-time whistle went the fans who had decided to stay until the end in north London booed their team off again.last_img read more