ECHO West Africa Forum in partnership with the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) has concluded a weeklong workshop on Sustainable Agriculture in Liberia with over fifty participants in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The workshop which started on April 3-5, 2019 brought together 42 plus entities from Nimba, Grand Bassa, Ground Cape Mount, Margibi, and Bong County amongst others.
At the close of the activities in Gbarnga, ECHO West Africa Forum Director Mr. Robert Sanou said workshop is the second face in Liberia stating that the first was held in some part of last year in Monrovia, Montserrado County.
According to Mr. Sanou, ECHO forum aims at strengthening of networking for the benefit of people fighting against hunger, poverty and those serving the poor in Africa.
Director Sanou further said the workshop was meant to empower small stakeholder’s farmers in the area of food production, especially using the local technologies across West Africa.
He also revealed that ECHO’s training focuses not only on agriculture but on improving the living conditions of small-scale farmers, maintaining they are interested in agriculture, health, food, environment, Income, etc.
“Our pieces of training are very practical and at the end of each session each participant is able to practice what he/she has learned and to train others,” Mr. Sanou adds.
West Africa is a highly diverse region in terms of agro-climatic conditions and agricultural production potential, as well as with respect to the distribution of vulnerable populations. In general, the northern regions of coastal countries and the landlocked Sahelian countries are relatively food insecure and impoverished. Additionally, rapid urbanization in the region is leading to increasing numbers of urban poor.
The population in this region is expected to grow 100 percent between 2010 and 2050, compared to the global growth rate of 38 percent. Population growth combined with low increases in productivity could further tighten resources and increase food insecurity.
For his part, an official of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) and the focus person of ECHO West Africa Forum Mr. Curtis G. Dabieh Sr. said there is ample evidence that the agriculture sector—which accounts for 35 percent of West African gross domestic product and 15.3 percent of regional export earnings—and in particular food staples, is the best engine for generating sustained, rapid and pro-poor economic growth, ‘Feed The Future.’
Mr. Dabieh Sr. said AEL seeks to extend the services of ECHO to help those working with the poor in Africa to be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture. He further said AEL functions primarily as a technical support organization helping community development organizations and workers operate more effectively.
Some of the participants who attended the workshop pledged their unfurnishing support the implantations of the knowledge acquired from the weeklong training on Sustainable Agriculture in Liberia.
They further assured ECHO West Africa Forum and partners that all will be done to reach the message to various communities and work places in their respective counties.