USAID-FED Committed to Improving Food Security

first_imgLess than two years to  conclude the United States Agency for International Development-Food and Enterprise Development (USAID-FED) support toward local farmers in the country, Lofa County is basically utilizing the technical expertise and capital benefits provided by the program.Lofa is noted for being one of the bread baskets of Liberia, where agriculture activities are always active.The five-year program, which started in 2010 is aimed at providing farming equipment, improved agricultural skills in swamp rice development, cassava planting, livestock and vegetable production.It also seeks to create marketing opportunities for local farmers, extension services and processing facilities.The aim is to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians through increased agricultural productivity and profitability. It is implemented in six counties: Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.The United States Government is supporting the Liberian priorities to build sustainable local capacity, make a difference in people’s lives, and move towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity.USAID FED is Africa’s largest project under US President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, which promotes a move away from subsistence and increasing food security by working with public and private bodies, including the Government of Liberia, the private sector, local NGOs and other key stakeholders.Interestingly, when the Daily Observer newspaper visited Lofa County recently, farmers from three districts including Voinjama, Foyah and Kolahun, expressed great satisfaction for USAIDFED’s support toward their various agricultural projects.They said that with support received, there is gradual improvement in there farming activities.According to them, farming implement such as machetes, hoes, power tillers, fertilizers and others have been provided by USAID-FED to improve their productivities.They also disclosed being taught the knowledge of improved skills through workshops and in farmers’ field schools.However, the farmers said that marketing has been a serious challenge for them but were now happy that FED was addressing such constraints.A farmer in Krugmia town, Voinjama District, Musa M. Kabbah, told this paper that they have embarked on the cultivation of 1.7 hectares of lowland with support from USAID-FED.He said the purpose of the project is to empower the members in order to support their families.“In 2010, we stated this project in our community with 17 females and 15 males. Last year, we were fortunate to get support from FED to grow rice harvesting 20 bags of seed rice,” he said. But this year, we are determined to cultivate the entire field,” he added.Betijama town is one of the towns in Lofa, that the project supports livestock farmers.According to Mustapha L. McCarthy, FED’s Lofa County livestock officer, more than hundred persons are engaged into the rearing of small ruminant (goats, sheep) to earn income.He told our reporter that 10 lead farmers from several communities in Foyah and Voinjama were trained last year on animal health care and intensive management.He said that the intention of the training was to make goat farmers graduate from the traditional method of livestock farming to commercial animal breeding.One of the beneficiaries of the livestock project in Betijama town, Massaquoi Morlu, said the number of goats raised by their group has increased from 50 to 78 goats.Morlu said before the coming in of USAID-FED their animals were left to wander by themselves.“We have acquired knowledge on how to raise the animal in the proper manner. This has enabled us to get money to improve our living conditions,” he said.He, however, said that the marketing of their animals was something that needed some improvement.“We do not have as many buyers to purchase the animals,” he mentioned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 30th DecemberCongratulations: All at Buncrana GAA would like to congratulate Claire and Paul McNicholl on the recent birth of their baby daughter. Congratulations also to proud Grandparents Patricia and Eamon and Uncle Fergal.Applications for Managers: C.L.G Bun Cranncha is seeking applicants for the following positions: Mens Senior Football Manager, Senior Reserve Football Manager, Senior Ladies Football Manager, and Under 21 Men Football Manager. Interested parties should contact Club Secretary Grainne on 0876351664 or via email [email protected] with an expression of interest in the relevant position. The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2012. Please leave details of name, contact information and the team(s) you are interested in managing. Christmas Charity Swim: Well done to the Buncrana GAA Senior Footballers who battled the cold on Christmas morning during a charity swim to raise funds for Insight Inishowen, an excellent local charity. Thanks to Gareth Porter, Calvin Jones, Liam McGinley, Kevin O’Loughlin, Rónán Doherty (Fahan), Odhrán Doherty, Rónán Doherty (X), Oisín Doherty, Paul McGonigle and Noel O’Donnell. Thanks also to Roisin Doherty who supplied the much needed hot whiskey and to chief photographer Aine Daly.Coaching: The Ulster GAA Coaching Conference is taking place in Cookstown on 26th January 2013, the Croke Park GAA Coaching Conference will take place on 12th January 2013, all coaches who are interested in attending please contact Coaching Officer Odhrán Doherty. Anyone interested in doing a Foundation or Level One coaching course in the New Year please contact Odhrán Doherty also.Ryan Bradley Coaching Sessions: Ryan Bradley GAA Coaching Sessions for under 6’s are taking place every Saturday in Crana College, with children asked to be present at 11.15am. A €2 contribution will be used exclusively to purchase equipment and gear for participating children. The sessions focus on fun, enjoyment, participation, balance, coordination and basic skill of football and hurling.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at [email protected] to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dár mbaill agus dár gcairde go léir.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 25th, 2012 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:BUNCRANA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more