16 May 2017

Liberia: Ellen to Launch Zero Hunger Review Report

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to launch the Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report today in Monrovia.

According to a joint Ministry of Agriculture-WFP release, in September 2015, at the Special Summit of the United Nations in New York, President Johnson Sirleaf and other Heads of State and Government collectively agreed on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 which manifests the prominence of food security and nutrition aimed at ending hunger, achieve food security and promote nutrition sensitive sustainable agriculture by 2030.

The release said Liberia's Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report is a result of nearly nine months of a government-led, transparent and consultative process involving all relevant stakeholders from civil society, private sector, government technical agencies, and the United Nations Country Team in Liberia.

The report establishes the root causes of hunger in Liberia and sets a baseline for addressing the challenges and gaps in a holistic government-driven national response to food and nutrition security.

The report is further expected to proffer a joint agreement and consensus on priority actions required by the government and partners to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

The Zero Hunger Strategic Review highlights the proposed Multi-sectorial Agriculture Project (MAP)which aims to link agriculture, nutrition, and education through an integrated Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) as a key priority action for achieving zero hunger in Liberia.

The release said a proposed program on promoting Home-Grown School Feeding which integrates agriculture, nutrition and education in Liberia will also be introduced and presented to development partners by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Members of the National Legislature, political leaders, development partners, the diplomatic corps as well as the United Nations, civil society organizations and ordinary Liberians are expected to grace the occasion.

Meanwhile, the released said a one-day national stakeholders' conference was held on May 12, 2017, to validate the Zero Hunger Strategic Report under the leadership of Prof. Amos Sawyer, the Lead Convener and members of the Advisory Board and the Technical Committee comprising government food security technicians, UN agencies, the private sector as well as civil society organizations and farmer organizations from the 15 counties will participate.

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