Liberia Can End Hunger by 2030

first_imgThe Representative and Country Director of the World Food Program (WFP) in Liberia, Mr. Bienvenu Djossa, has expressed strong optimism that it is possible for Liberia to end hunger by 2030 in line with the objectives and targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Two, one of the seventeen SDGs that constitute the 2030 development agenda .Liberia is currently conducting a strategic hunger review exercise nationwide to properly inform the government, people and partners on the needs, constraints and steps that are to be taken to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and improve food producers’ productivity in 15 years. Regional consultations are being held in the counties to sensitize and gather the views, ideas and inputs of Liberians from all walks of life to create a national roadmap for solutions to end hunger.Speaking in Gbarnga, Bong County, last week during the fifth and final round of the regional consultations, Mr. Djossa urged participants to make strong contributions “so that your voices are heard regardless of who you are – pem-pem rider, marketer, farmer, student, everybody needs to participate – because the key answers to hunger challenges will come from you.” He said through this strategic review, the government, which leads the process, will know the root causes of hunger and tackle them. He pledged WFP’s fullest commitment to the Zero Hunger Review initiative in keeping with its UN mandate to help countries fight hunger, achieve food security and promote agriculture and nutrition. “WFP is pleased to contribute to this process by playing the key role of facilitator in conjunction with other UN agencies, civil society organizations, government ministries and partners,” he added.Participants at the Gbarnga meeting – comprising delegates from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties – spoke their hearts out. “Government does not have good prices for farmers because they do not respect the food we produce in Liberia. As a result, we lose all the time,” said Nimba County farmer and trader Comfort K. Kehleay. James Marwieh, another farmer from Nimba County, said: “There are tons of rice stuck in Nimba for three years without government buying the rice, thus defeating our efforts. This has to change.” Patrick Samah of Lofa County said: “Farmers need upgraded rice mills equipped with de-stoners so that Liberian rice can meet the quality standards and defeat imported rice, otherwise Liberian rice will not be promoted.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal solicitor struck off for dishonesty and professional misconduct

first_imgA Co Donegal solicitor who admitted dishonesty and professional misconduct has been struck off the roll of solicitors by the president of the High Court.Mr Justice Peter Kelly was told it is “very uncertain” at this stage whether the Law Society’s compensation fund will have to reimburse clients of Moya O’Donnell’s practice. If all claims are paid out, there could be a deficit of some €450,000 but the picture is “very uncertain” and claims are still being processed, Nessa Bird BL, for the Society said. A number of claims had been refused, she noted.Sean Sexton, a solicitor representing Ms O’Donnell, said monies from the estate of her late husband David Madden, who died in tragic circumstances just before Christmas 2017, will become available to go towards meeting at least some of any deficit established.Because of the tragic circumstances of his death, there are issues concerning life policies, Mr Sexton added.Mr Justice Kelly said, given the dishonesty involved, the Society and Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) had no choice but to seek a strike off order and the court had to make that order.He reduced the legal costs by some €7,000 after noting, arising from her husband’s death, Ms O’Donnell is a lone parent of four children with no means of livelihood as a solicitor.Read the full story here solicitor struck off for dishonesty and professional misconduct was last modified: February 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHIGH COURTMOya O’Donnellsoliitorstruck offlast_img read more