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Six counties to benefit from USAID-funded skills training Print E-mail
Written by Matthias Daffah   
Friday, 30 October 2009
A global non-profit organization, Education Development Center has commenced operation in the country.The group is charged with the implementation of USAID-funded Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth Project.

A release issued said the program will help young people develop skills and attitudes necessary for the attainment of formal academic learning.

The release said the project will also seek to build the capacity of individuals in the informal sector.

According to the release, the two-year program will increase access to education and enhance the quality of teacher among Liberian educators.

The program will target children and young adults between the ages of ten and thirty-five.

Beneficiary counties of the CESLY’s Core Education Project include Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Maryland and Grand Gedeh.



Story from the Liberian Observer Online:

Rural Women Farmers Trained in Mechanized Production
Updated: September 10, 2009 – 8:36pm

Cross-section of participants at CARI workshop for rural women
US$777,000 Earmarked for Training, Others

By: Edwin M. Fayia from Bong County
MONROVIA — The Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with several major donors as well as support partners, have begun the training for more than 74 women farmer groups in three of Liberia’s leading agriculture-oriented counties.

As a result of a negotiated grant of more than US$777,000 from the Government of Demark, the FAO and CARI have selected Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties for the training of the rural women farmers in the use of power tiller machines in order to maximize the production of the nation’s staple food, rice.

Speaking at the formal launch of the 17-day training at CARI in Suakoko, Bong County, last week, Liberia’s Acting Agriculture Minister, James Logan, urged the rural women to remain grateful to Liberian leader, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for empowering women in the country.

Logan added that as a result of the nationwide County Development Agenda, the critical issue of women in the farming sector has become a key factor. Now women are on the verge of being trained in the use of mechanized farming for the production of more food, they should indeed take center stage in that regard.

He then appealed to the participants to consider the 17-day training as crucial and take the instruction seriously in order to make the message of improved food security across the nation meaningful.

Logan also challenged the women to use the power tillers to cultivate more acres of land in their operational areas in order to ensure that more food is produced for the growth and development of the Liberian economy in the years ahead.

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) official also reminded the gathering and the women in particular that the Liberian leader spends sleepless nights thinking about possible alternatives for the overall empowerment and support to all Liberian women across the country.

In his overview presentation, Emmanuel G. Vah, National Consultant for the FAO Liberia, intimated that the training workshop was meant to train farmers in the operation, management and maintenance of power tillers.

The agriculture project, titled “Improved Food Security and Nutrition through Economic Empowerment of Women,” was also geared towards reducing the pressure on women in rural Liberia.

“Within the framework of agriculture,” Vah disclosed, “FAO has received funding from the Danish Government and charged us with the responsibility of providing support to farm mechanization, agro-processing and farm level storage.”

The DANIDA agriculture, he explained, has a case load of 7,961 beneficiaries comprising 43 women groups in the rural women structure of Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties.

FAO Assistant Representative for Program in Liberia, Joseph K. Boiwu, pointed out that everywhere the Liberian Government and partners interacted with farmers in the country, the issue of farmers graduating from the use of cutlasses and hoes topped the list of issues for consideration.

“This is to show you that the idea to introduce power tillers in the agriculture sector at this time came from you the farmers,” he told the women.

“It is therefore our hope that you will appreciate the introduction and use of these machines to ensure food production in the country.

“Our agency being a true partner and not a donor took bold steps on behalf of the farmers regarding their interest in mechanization and agro-processing in the country,” Boiwu emphasized.

“Today, we want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government and people of Denmark for the grant that will in turn empower rural women farmers across the nation,” he said.

He added that in their initial interaction, the Danish International Development Aid (DANIDA), representatives of the donor country, expressed high interest in supporting those activities that are women-related.

“In Liberia,” he explained, “when it comes to farming, the issues of scratching farms and planting of crops as well as food processing are the responsibility of rural women in the country.

Mr. Boiwu further intimated that the FAO is indeed grateful to the major partners such as the United Nations Development Program, Ministry of Gender and Development, World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Agency for Women (UNIFEM).

He also reminded the women the ‘butter rice’ and ‘pussava’ being imported into the country come from farmers that are using the same modern machines in the cultivation and agro-processing initiatives.

“We want to urge you to please attach seriousness to this genuine agriculture initiative in Liberia,” the FAO official further admonished the rural women farmers.

In closing, Boiwu said that the FAO had been and would always be a partner of the Government and people of Liberia in food, agriculture, forestry and rural development matters.

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Open and integrated trade could very will be a great help to capacity building.  The story of the three day workshop below…


ECOWAS To Design Liberia Trade Policy
Saturday, 6th September 2008
D. Webster Cassell
 …Ends Three-Days Institutional Capacity Workshop

Liberia has been earmarked amongst other African countries to benefit a lot from ECOWAStrade negotiation capacity, which will afford the country the opportunity to arrive at basic strategies on how to interact with international investors.

With this chance on hand, the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) has consented with its objectives to design a comprehensive trade policy and decision making mechanism for Liberia. Speaking to a cross-session of journalists, the Project Coordinator of the ECOWAS Trade Negotiation Capacity Building Project, Dr. Douglas Zormelo articulated that their collective objective in Liberia is to design a trade policy as they formulate mechanism that will be inclusive and participatory.

According to Dr. Zormole the three-day institutional capacity building workshop would serve as a bench_mark as the structure would provide the policy space for dialogue amongst various stakeholders and also provide the opportunity for follow-up actions.

Dr. Zormole further explained that this is intended to ensure that the impact of policy implementation becomes the desired outcome and that it provides the relevant feedback for remedial actions where necessary.

He noted that the information gathered from the three days event would be used to initiate work on the formulation of trade policy strategy framework that will serve as a basis for a comprehensive trade policy for the country.

“We hope that the structure that will be proposed will get the necessary legal support to enable it to perform its work effectively.

Again, we are ‘counting on’ the Ministry of Commerce to spearhead the process for obtaining the necessary legal support for the committee,” ECOWAS official added.

He however revealed that once a committee is setup to implement the policy, they would proceed to implement its mandate of the ECOWAS Trade Development and of other trade ministries in the region.  In that way, he said, information will flow between countries of the region on issues such as market opportunities.

In a further explanation, he confirmed that such opportunity would deepen regional integration and the development of the region.  

Dr. Zormelo also said that prior to the request to design the country trade policy, an ECOWAS delegation had already accessed the country in terms of trade policy decision-making in the country.

He said the team also looked at the trade policy of the country, the level of participation by stakeholders in trade policy decision making, the inclusiveness of the process, the content of the country’s trade policy in relation to the development and poverty reduction strategy and the existing structures for policy decision making.

Meanwhile, the ECOWAS official said that there should be training on how to make trade policy options of our trading partners and also how to shape our trade policy to take advantage of opportunities in the international trade system.

For his part, Deputy Commerce Minister for Administration, Mr. Andrews Allakamenin said ECOWAS has been a catalyst in promoting the development of West African Countries including Liberia but not limited to trade, industry, customs, and fair tariff.

Several government officials, civil service organizations and other main line government entities attended the workshop.

 The three days educative workshop, which came to an end thursday have been praised by many of its participants. During the period, Liberians were provided basic knowledge on the need to establish a comprehensive and international standard trade policy that would improve the country investment climate.

With the given challenges in the trade industry, Liberia stands to benefit enormously from the setting up of a committee on National trade negotiation that is expected to be funded by ECOWAS with the aim of negotiating trade related issues for the country.

Accordingly, the committee and the trade policy would be an added advantage to the strengthening of the country own trade related relation that is expected to attract investors.

The Inquirer Newspaper



We would be happy to announce your workshop.  Please contact J. C. Dealy at  Please include [UpCountry] in the subject line.  Include all important details and we will get it out as quickly as possible.  We can also report on the results af your workshop once it is over.