Agricultural, Health Initiatives Strengthen in Liberia….FAO and Partners Wrap Up Collaborative Southeast Mission

MONROVIA – Recently, a comprehensive assessment was carried out in the southeast of Liberia by a joint delegation headed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Representative, Madam Bintia Stephen Tchicaya, in collaboration with USAID, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Break Through Action (BA).

The nine-day mission’s objectives were to assess the state of affairs and tackle the major issues that the region’s farmers and animal health professionals were facing.

In addition to inspections of important places including slaughter slabs and chicken farms, the tour included talks with community health workers (CHAWs) in a variety of towns and villages. Significant exchanges focused on knowledge sharing and capacity building occurred at William V.S. Tubman University’s agriculture college in Harper, Maryland County.

Team members included Mrs. Delou Gonsan-Zeo, Mr. Armando Cotrina (USAID), Hannax Barlue (IRC), Madam Sabenzia Wekesa (FAO/ECTAD), Mr. Patrick Sibney (Ministry of Agriculture), and Mr. Archie Sesay (BA). The team set out on an extensive itinerary that included stops at a number of livestock facilities and educational establishments.

The mission’s main highlights included discussions with Community Health Teams (CHT) in Grand Kru County to promote health programs and interactions with students at Gbeapo Multilateral High School in Rivergee County to raise awareness about diseases like rabies. The team’s effective finish of their fact-finding journey was marked by their visit’s culmination at Werteken, Grand Kru County.

The cooperative activities demonstrated a dedication to strengthening community health programs, advancing animal health procedures, and improving agricultural methods in the southeast of Liberia.

During a meeting with CHAWS in Fishtown, Mrs. Tchicaya, the FAO representative for Rivergee County, praised the work being done by the CHAWs and encouraged them to work together more to address health challenges in their assigned areas.

According to her, FAO, as a technical organization, will persist in offering the essential assistance that supports initiatives aimed at combating illnesses that impact both humans and animals.

“We are glad to hear that you are working to combat illnesses that endanger the populations of people and animals alike. This demonstrates how strong the one health platform is and how much more it could accomplish with the right help. The FAO is still a genuine partner in this project. The representative of the FAO claimed.

In addition, Madam Tchicaya highlights the importance of farmers and community animal health workers continuing to be dedicated to their job and the FAO’s ongoing support in addressing issues related to animal disease prevention and farmer capacity building.

Speaking on behalf of USAID during the visit, Mr. Armando Cotrina commended the fortitude of community health workers and reiterated his organization’s unwavering support for programs that enhance agriculture and prevent animal-human illness.

Although it is commendable that field workers in animal health are exchanging information with those more concerned with issues related to human health, coordination between the two is still required. For the aim of prompt reporting, greater cooperation is required to track and monitor health risks that are specific to both humans and animals, Mr. Cotrina hinted.

The collaboration between many organizations emphasizes how crucial it is to collaborate in order to promote sustainable development and increase rural communities’ resilience.

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