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Innovation Platform Training for Agri Stakeholders  Feb 19-21, 2014 in Kakata

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The Ministry of Agriculture with Support from WAAPP Liberia Conducts Workshop on Agricultural Research  By Judoemue Mohmoh Kollie  In an effort to address challenges faced in the agricultural sector of Liberia, at least 75 stakeholders in the sector are currently participating in a day 3 day workshop on agricultural research development in Kakata, Mar-Gibi County. The participants comprised of stakeholders from non-governmental organizations in the agriculture sector, civil society farmer’s organizations, extension workers, and local farmers. The workshop is being organized by the West African Agricultural Productivity Program(WAAPP-Liberia), with support from the World Bank and the government of Japan. It is intended to strengthen the capacity of WAAPP’s stakeholders in understanding the process and skills for the application of Integrated Agricultural Research for development to impact agriculture in the country. WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year project of the Ministry of Agriculture meant to increase the production of rice and cassava in Liberia. Speaking during the opening section of the workshop on Wednesday on behalf of the minister of agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth, the assistant minister for planning and development at the...

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Innovation Platform Training for Agri Stakeholders Feb 19-21, 2014 in Kakata

Innovation Platform Training for Agri Stakeholders  Feb 19-21, 2014 in Kakata

Feb 25, 2014

The Ministry of Agriculture with Support from WAAPP Liberia Conducts Workshop on Agricultural Research  By Judoemue Mohmoh Kollie  In an effort to address challenges faced in the agricultural sector of Liberia, at least 75 stakeholders in the sector are currently participating in a day 3 day workshop on agricultural research development in Kakata, Mar-Gibi County. The participants comprised of stakeholders from non-governmental organizations in the agriculture sector, civil society farmer’s organizations, extension workers, and local farmers. The workshop is being organized by the West African Agricultural Productivity Program(WAAPP-Liberia), with support from the World Bank and the government of Japan. It is intended to strengthen the capacity of WAAPP’s stakeholders in understanding the process and skills for the application of Integrated Agricultural Research for development to impact agriculture in the country. WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year project of the Ministry of Agriculture meant to increase the production of rice and cassava in Liberia. Speaking during the opening section of the workshop on Wednesday on behalf of the minister of agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth, the assistant minister for planning and development at the MoA, Ousman Tall said the workshop was key to agricultural development in the country. “The issue of integrated research for development for agriculture is important and needs to be taken seriously,” he noted. He said that producing rice and other crops in an integrated manner was important in enhancing food security and will require extensive research by stakeholders in the agriculture sector. According to him the workshop would help greatly in achieving the goal of his ministry to increase food production. He asked the participants to take the training serious in order to stimulate the production of local crops. Addressing concerns from the Workshop participants, Minister Tall said that though Liberia’s has competing demand for its reconstruction drive, the government still prioritizes agriculture. “Investment in the agriculture sector is improved over the years with seven percent funding according to studies from the World Bank,” he disclosed. However, minister Tall disclosure clearly shows that most of the funding to support agriculture in the country comes from external sources. The allotment for agriculture in the national budget stands at 2.4 percent far below the Maputo...

Liberians go back to the soil

Liberians go back to the soil

Sep 12, 2013

A team from the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) Liberia on Tuesday visited Liberia’s lone Agricultural Research Institute CARI in Suakoko Bong County on a 3 day support mission, to assess the level of work at the cassava cuttings and rice seed multiplication centers. The projects are located in Suakoko, at the demonstration plots of the  Research Institute and at the Kpatawee Waterfall, approximately 23 Kilometers from away from CARI’s main compound. CARI received support from the WAAPP Liberia Project to carry out the multiplication of cassava cuttings and rice seeds that will be distributed to the various project counties for demonstration sites. The cuttings and seeds tested at these sites will later be given to farmers as support to their effort to grow more food. According to the Interim Team Leader of CARI, Aaron Marshall who lead the WAAPP’s delegation on a tour of the project sites, the cassava cutting project currently has over 22 Hectares of 46 improved cassava varieties that are capable of having up to ten times more yields then the traditional cassava planted by Liberian farmers. Mr. Marshall however noted that 10 of the 46 improved varieties are well up coming and are the most promising, even though the rest are also doing very well. The remaining varieties are still being observed. The CARI boss also indicated that the over one hundred laborers in the field with over 75% females are working daily to meet up with the deadlines for delivery. According the Interim Team Leader, CARI will deliver the total amount of rice seeds and cassava cuttings requested by the WAAPP Project long before the deadline. The improved varieties he said were supplied by IITA, Nigeria. He noted that there is an additional 2 hectares of traditional cassava that are ready to be crossed with the new and improved ones for more mixed varieties, this he said will be another form of testing, that will yield additional varieties. The visit also took the team to the two separate sites for the rice seed multiplication at CARI main campus and Kpatawee Waterfall. The sites, totaling more than 32 Hectares and still increasing, have four basic varieties of up and low land rice; the Narica 14, Narica L-19,...