The 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)
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Barbados Tridents will be heading home to the Kensington Oval Ground as they bowl off their leg of home game versus the fiery Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) when Match 18 of the Hero CPL 2018 gets underway from 18:00h on Sunday, August 26.Darren BravoWith the Barbados Tridents losing out to the Trinbago Knight Riders in 4 out of their last 5 encounters, the home team will be looking for sweet revenge. However, so far in the 2018 season, the Trinbago Knight riders have been in scintillating form chasing down huge totals. ,In their last encounter with the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Bravo brothers led their home team to a shocking victory with combined scores of 86 runs from 36 balls, while the dangerous duo of New Zealanders Colin Munroe and Brendon Mc Cullum have been in rampaging batting form to date.Steve SmithJason Holder’s Barbados Tridents will look to take advantage of the home crowd at the Oval, especially after winning 2 of three matches. Aussie import, all-rounder Steve Smith has proven to be a great addition to the team as the former skipper has been finding his form with the bat while he has rolled back the years to produce a match-winning result for his team recently.With opener Dwayne Smith hitting form and hostile bowling from Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz along with his fellow pacers in Raymon Reifer, Mohammed Irfan and Holder; who have been amongst the wickets will need to utilize the familiar conditions to get the better of the champs.Wahab RiazTKR have showed their power in the batting but with the likes of Sunil Narine, Ali Khan, Kharry Pierre, Javon Searles and others who have been playing their roles well, the defending champs will want to have a better bowling perfromances against the dangerous Tridents line-up.The Tridents linger in 5th place while the defending champs sit pretty in number one position following the upset loss the Guyana Amazon Warriors suffered on Friday night at the hands of the St Lucia Stars.Tridents expected Playing XI: Jason Holder (C), Raymon Reifer, Wahab Riaz, Ashley Nurse, Mohammad Irfan, Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Steven Smith, Nicholas Pooran and Shai HopeColin MunroExpected Playing XI: Darren Bravo (C), Denesh Ramdin, Kevon Cooper, Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Hamza Tariq.