Welthungerhife Introduces Democracy, Governance to Urban/Peri-urban Farmers in Liberia
German-Agro Action Manager Urges Mutual Aid to Farmer Groups
By Edwin M. Fayia III
March 31, 2011
An international non-governmental organization working in Liberia’s agriculture sector, has begun encouraging farmers to choose their leaders through the democratic process.
Welthungerhilfe, (formerly German Agro-Action) from March 25- 28, 2011, worked with forty two Urban Farmer Associations to elect their leaders in Dixville, Montserrado County and Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
The elections have been monitored by German Agro Action, Human Development Foundation (HDF), CARE and Africa 2000 Network in the eastern and western ends of Monrovia and Bomi County.
Those elected are: Messrs F. Samukai Kemokai, President, Liberty Zeah Vice President, Sam Quaya Secretary General, Madam Beatrice Bleh Johnson Treasurer and Emma Johnson, Chaplain.
Speaking recently at program for election of farmer groups at Dixville, outside Monrovia, the Program Manager of Welthungerhife (German Agro Action) Dr. Andre Stelder, urged all agriculture stakeholders to support farmer groups in the country.
Dr. Stelder added that German Agro Action seeks to strengthen urban farmers not only by providing them inputs to jumpstart production but also technical training relative to new methods of sustainable farming.
“The agriculture projects,” Dr. Stelder noted, “were also intended to organize farmer groups and strengthen farmers’ position in urban development.”