Government ministries and agencies together with the United Nations World Food Programme yesterday launched Country Strategic Plan (CSP) which has a budget of US$52 million for the next four and half years.
The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as the key government agency overseeing development programs in Liberia together with the Ministries of Education and Agriculture as well as other relevant government agencies and actors were fully involved in the development and crafting of this Country Strategic Plan (CSP).
According to the plan, the World Food Programme in Liberia will equally be a congenital part of the implementation and monitoring of the CSP which has a budget of US$52 million for the next four and half years.
The United National World Food Programme (WFP) has supported Liberia’s Zero Hunger Strategic Review (ZHSR) led by former Commissioner of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer, a road map that is expected to assist the country in achieving SDG 2-end hunger.
The ZHSR result was one of the key resource ingredients that better informed and enriched the development of this CSP. This comes to say that WFP has developed a strategic plan that is in line with SDG 2, PAPD, and the UNDAF.”
Speaking during the launch of the CSP 2019/2023, WFP Country Representative and Director, Bienvenu DJossa said the CSP fully articulates the government’s priorities for addressing Liberia’s critical challenges for the attainment of the SDG targets and the government’s plan of lifting one million people from poverty by 2023 through a range of social protection interventions.
According to WFP Country Representative Djossa, the CSP response strategy is anchored in two of WFP’s corporate strategic results areas that include the access to food linked to SDG 2.1 and capacity-strengthening which is linked to SDG 17.9.
He further stated that the CSP strongly contributes to the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)’s pillar one which talks about “Power to the People” and pillar two also talks about “Economy and Jobs.”
“It also supports activities in pillars 3 and 4 through its strong focus on capacity building for government counterparts and partners, both at national and local levels, the CSP also maintains a contingency strategic outcome on crisis response to be able to quickly respond to emergencies that may occur in the country throughout the implementation of the CSP,” he said.
WFP’s Country Representative pointed out that the CSP is been launched at a time when funding for development activities is a challenge globally, but noted that WFP is of the conviction that activities articulated in the CSP and their intended outcomes are convincing enough to attract the interest and hence, the support of the government, donors and development partners to source funding support for this 4.5 years intervention which is budgeted at US $50.1 million.
Mr. DJossa further indicated that the intervention targets 175,000 direct beneficiaries, including school children, smallholder farmers, vulnerable persons affected by disasters as well as capacity strengthening initiatives for national and local institutions.
Meanwhile, WFP Country Representative has thanked President George Mannah Weah under whose leadership the CSP has been endorsed and will be implemented, but looks forward to a successful implementation of the CSP for the betterment of the lives of the people.
For his part, the Deputy Finance Minister, Samora P. Z. Wolokolie informed the gathering that the Government of Liberia in its Fiscal Year 2019/20 budget allocated US$500,000.00 toward home-grown school feeding, but noted that this amount will of course increase as the budgetary strength grows in the future.
According to Minister Wolokolie, the main objectives of the school feeding program carried out by WFP are to increase enrolment, improve classroom performance, enhance learning activities, and discourage drop-outs.
Minister Wolokolie averred that while the government applauds WFP for the CSP document and plan of action for development, he is on behalf of the government appealing to donor community and development partners to support the CSP, particularly the home-grown feeding program financially as it has now become one of the key drivers of development under the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
He acknowledged that the CSP requires teamwork, commitment, and resource mobilization; he added that “Let’s unite around it so that we produce an educated citizenry that is well informed and ready to make the right decisions for the development and prosperity of Liberia.”
The Country Strategic Plan (CSP) comprises three componential outcomes within its log frame called the Line of Sight catering to food security and social protection services under Outcome One, support to emergencies and crisis-affected populations under Outcome Two, while Outcome Three aims to enhance capacities of national and sub nation groups.
The official launch of the CSP was held at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning 10th Floor Conference room on August 27, 2019.