World Food Programmed sponsored training for 30 rural women, including Ministry of Gender Coordinators has ended in Gbarnga, Bong County. The five-day training that brought together women from Gbarpolu, Nimba, Lofa and Bong Counties, respectively was intended to build the capacity of rural women in managing their finances, developing good leadership ability and producing more food to could be purchased by the WFP feeding program in the country.
Mr. Emmett Creighton, who is the National Coordinator for the Joint Food Security at the Ministry of Gender and Development, stressed that those women who benefited from the training are expected to provide similar training for other women in the respective areas. He underscored the importance of the training, saying it is consequential to Liberia’s effort in realizing food security.
The Ministry of Gender and Development National Joint Food Security Coordinator said it is important to empower the women. Mr. Creighton disclosed that the women will benefit from micro loans.
“We as government are now taking this issue in our own hands with direct benefits coming from us to them” he stated.
He believes economic empowerment for women will put them in a very good position to take other positive steps, and commended the World Food Program (WFP) for the environment it continues to create for the purchases of commodities, especially rice produced by them.
Some of the participants spoken to expressed happiness for the training acquired and expressed their preparedness to extend similar exercise to those of the their colleagues, who did not benefit from the Gnarnga workshop.
The participants want the World Food Programme and the Ministry of Gender and Development to continue providing training for them. They commended the organizers of the training, describing it as rewarding.
Some of the participants also called on their colleagues not to take the training lightly and should be able to put it into practicality. The workshop was implemented by the Ministry of Gender and Development, with funding from WFP, supported by the Irish Government.