The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Sofia Strand, has disclosed that her government has provided US$17 million for the “Grow Program” of Liberia’s agriculture sector for a five-year period.
Ambassador Strand said the Grow Program is based on a long-term agreement between the Liberian and Swedish Governments.
She pointed out that the Grow Program is led by a professional team under the leadership of Adam Smith International, Mercy Corps and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to help Liberian farmers develop their capacity in new farming techniques.
The Swedish envoy made the disclosure Thursday at the launching ceremony of the “Grow Program” held at the Monrovia City Hall which brought together several partners in the agriculture sector.
She indicated that the Grow Program is intended to facilitate support for the development of markets and value chains in agriculture, a sector in which most Liberians are active and get their income.
Ambassador Strand added that the program is intended to increase income and employment opportunities for men, women and youths of Liberia.
She observed that agriculture is critical to the growth and economic development of Liberia in the post-Ebola recovery era, and that Sweden is prepared to support agriculture through the Grow Program in Liberia.