The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and partners will today open a US$458,000 Statistics Project at the Ministry of Agriculture sub office in Fendell, outside Monrovia.
FAO Representative Marc Abdala, and the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah, will represent their respective institutions at the take-off. According to Agriculture Minister Zinnah the eighteen month project will further support agriculture, mainly by improving the Ministry of Agriculture's statistics and information management capacities. Agriculture authority said the project is being funded by FAO under the technical cooperation agreement with the Liberian Government. The intervention according to the Minister will support the Ministry's information management system as well as strengthen the institutional capacity to provide, manage, and sustain reliable databases on agricultural performance. The Department of Planning and Development at the MoA will be strengthened to ensure reliable and timely statistics for evidence-based planning, policy formulation, and decision making. Speaking to reporters yesterday Minister Zinnah said it will also ensure timely access and availability of reliable data and baseline statistics to guide and support planning and programming processes of partners and the government. The support will further build the capacity of other national counterparts to effectively, efficiently, and independently conduct food security surveys, assessments and other related activities for programming processes. The FAO of the United Nations has expressed delight that the project will provide improved data for better decision making as well as develop methods and standards for food and agriculture statistics in the country. It may be recalled in 2015 the Government of Liberia through the MoA requested funding from the FAO to support the Department of Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture in order to address its challenges regarding access to accurate, real time data, and baselines for planning and programming. The MoA and the FAO have been working cohesively to ensure the food security and other viable statistic information which enhances the productivity of agricultural seeds, and food on the Liberian market.