Vice President Joseph N.Boakai has assured Development Partners of Solidaridad that the Government of Liberia remains committed to partnering with civil society organizations to implement the transformational agenda for Liberia in a bid to help address the needed socio-economic needs of the country.
Solidaridad is a global network organization with a nine regional hubs across five continents that promote sustainable development through interventions that positively impact communities, agricultural supply chains, climate resilience and national economic development with regional offices in Ghana and operational programs in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Liberia.
He spoke Wednesday, 30 March, at the official inauguration of Solidaridad West Africa in Liberia at the Paynesville City Hall, under the theme “Change that matters.” A release from the Vice President’s Office said he noted that Liberia was not alone in the search for development partners and a platform that ensures sustainability.
Mr. Boakai indicated that with the establishment of Solidaridad in several other countries, the mandate of these governments is such that they would like to seek partnership with the development community and the civil society, pointing out that the activities of Solidaridad were largely streamlined with Liberia’s national agenda for transformation which aims to support a core pillar of accelerated agricultural modernization and natural resource management in the nation’s medium term development framework.
Mr. Boakai noted that this is also in line with the Food and Agriculture Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, adding that he was particularly delighted to know that through its supply chain development work, the Solidaridad network was strategically positioned to support countries where it is operational, to achieve the targets of the sustainable Development Goals – SDGs.
Touching on climate change, he warned that no country or continent was immune from the effects of this global phenomenon, saying its consequences make such impact on the environment and production systems, population growth, dwindling resources, energy deficits and hazards associated with fossil fuels.
He observed that the difficult challenge of Africa to produce enough food to feed itself was made worse by the impacts of climate change, which among other things, reduce precipitation and increase temperatures.
He said despite the importance of Agriculture and the continent’s endowment with much of what food production requires, Africa today continues to witness food crisis and hunger.
Liberia’s Former Interim President – now Governance Commission Chairperson, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer described Solidaridad as a “unique and Strategic” innovation and referred to the Vice President as a champion of these types of innovative ideas to lift Liberia, as well as give them an important strategic place in the economy.
Dr. Sawyer pointed out that the innovation will strengthen entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector, mainly citing small scale farmers, saying it provides the management skills to lift farmers out of the situation they are found in.
The Regional Director of Solidaridad, Mr. Isaac Gyamfi, said the world’s population will reach nine billion by 2050 and there was a need to identify sources for sustainable energy, as well as practices and approaches that will meet the demands for food, fiber and energy.
The Solidaridad is made up of civil society organizations and founded in 1969 in five continents, fifty-two countries, nine regional hubs and thirteen supply chains, the release concluded.-Press release