The Head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann, has pledged the EU’s support in improving urban agriculture to strengthen food security in the country.
She noted that the EU is in Liberia to help improve the livelihood of the Liberian people through several activities, including agriculture, and noted that it was critical for Liberians to produce rice, rather than depend on imports from other countries.
The EU Head of Delegation made the pledge Wednesday at a Joint Multi-stakeholders Forum on urban agriculture held under the theme “Ensuring an Integrated National Urban Agriculture Strategy” organized by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) with funding from the EU.
She indicated that the EU will support the urban agriculture project for seven years to help ensure that Liberia attains food security, and challenged Liberians to get actively involved in local food production.
Meanwhile, Monrovia Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo says Liberians should not be depending on imported food all the time, but should instead engage the soil to produce food for the country.
Mvogo stressed that Liberia has vast land to produce many crops for consumption, noting that importation is undermining the development of agriculture in the country.
She indicated that the urban agriculture project has been undertaken in cities like Monrovia, Tubmanburg and Gbarnga to enhance food production locally.