Liberia holds conference on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to give Keynote
National Conference “Enhancing Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture for sustainable livelihoods”
14-15 February, 2013
University of Liberia/City Hall
Agriculture is seen as the backbone of Liberia, but it is estimated that Liberia only meets a third of her total food consumption requirements from local production. Cities are quickly becoming the principle territories for intervention and planning of innovative strategies that aim to eradicate urban hunger and improve livelihoods. Many urban households seek to increase their food production, as a way to provide their families with fresh and nutritious food, and some of them also sell this on the market.
Recently, the Government of Liberia and NGOs, supported by major donor agencies started to promote urban agriculture. Supported by EU, Welthungerhilfe (WHH), CARE Liberia and the RUAF Foundation supported the development of a policy narrative on UPA, whilst Multi-Stakeholder Forums on UPA are on-going in Greater Monrovia area, Tubmanburg and Gbarnga. A number of crucial issues in the promotion of urban agriculture have been identified and agreed in a City Strategic Agenda on UPA in these cities. USAID/FED, WHH, CARE, ACDI VOCA and others are working with the Ministry of Agriculture to support urban farmers, and farmers’ organisations. The University of Liberia is seeking to incorporate UPA in its regular curriculum.