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Liberia: Boakai Launches ‘Feed Yourselves’ Program to Boost Food Security

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President Joseph Boakai has unveiled the National Agriculture Development Plan (NADP) 2024-2030, launching the “Liberians Feed Yourselves Agenda” to revolutionize Liberia’s agricultural sector and promote self-sufficiency in food production.

The launch event, held Wednesday in Monrovia outlines government’s commitment to transforming agriculture, a crucial pillar of the ARREST (Agriculture, Roads, Rule of Law, Education, Sanitation, Tourism) Agenda.

President Boakai expressed his optimism about the NADP’s transformative potential, stating, “Ensuring food security for our people is paramount, especially in the face of climate change and economic challenges. The NADP is not just a plan but a game changer, a roadmap to a more secure and sustainable future built on a thriving agricultural sector.”

The comprehensive six-year policy initiative aims to harness Liberia’s agricultural potential and transition from subsistence farming to large-scale, sustainable, and mechanized agriculture. The plan places a strong emphasis on empowering farmers, promoting modern agricultural technologies, and creating opportunities for large-scale cooperative farms.

President Boakai said the NADP seeks to engage stakeholders across the agricultural sector, including farmers, agro-businesses, researchers, and policymakers, to drive collective action and achieve its ambitious targets.

“When agriculture flourishes in Liberia, the entire nation flourishes. No one goes to bed on an empty stomach; poverty diminishes, crime goes down, peace reigns; the Lone Star shines, and we all, with one accord, celebrate the glittering joy and happiness in the bright shining Lone Star,” the President declared.

The Liberian leader noted that the NADP signals a pivotal moment in Liberia’s pursuit of agricultural transformation and that the government is committed to providing the necessary resources, infrastructure, and support to ensure the plan’s success.

 

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