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May 17th, 2018 / Front Page Africa

President George Manneh Weah of Liberia celebrated his first 100 days in office this week amid massive employment and increasing crime wave across the country. The new president has yet to share his plan for his first 100 days in office and beyond.

As the nation’s majority poor look forward to benefiting by the improvement of their living conditions during the implementation of the Coalition for Democratic Change-led (CDC) government pro-poor governance agenda, the verdict is out on the new government.

As the CDC-led government progresses with consultations and developing of its governance agenda, one key area that has the propensity to address the nation’s joblessness and bring about sustainable development in Liberian is food security.

The International Food Policy Research Institute found that “countries with very high levels of poverty and chronic malnutrition face limitations in human capital development, which is required to achieve sustainable growth.” Food security for Liberia means our ability to feed the nation’s four million population, which translates into better nutritional outcomes for citizens, especially school-going children, and a net gain for national gross domestic product through the expansion of its economic base.

This is where Liberia has a lot to gain through the investment in agriculture production, and most specially rice, the nation’s staple food. Liberia’s agriculture sector constitutes about 38.8% of the nation’s GDP and more than 70% of the population depends on this sector for their livelihood. Read more