Sierra Leone: President Koroma Receives IFAD President

As a show of commitment in supporting the government in improving the agricultural sector in Sierra Leone, the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Mr Kanayo F. Nwanze on Friday August 5, 2016, paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Professor Monty Jones, who led the delegation, Mr Nwanze was in the country on a two day visit to have first-hand assessment of the fund's support to the country's agricultural sector and in improving rural agriculture countrywide.

Welcoming Mr Nwanze, President Koroma expressed appreciation for IFAD's support in building the capacity of the agricultural sector while pointing out the cordial relationship with MAFFS. He said owing to the importance of agriculture in driving economic growth, government prioritized the sector in its national development agendas; the Agenda for Change and the Agenda for Prosperity.

Reporting the successful implementation of the 6-9 months recovery plan, he said, the recovery priorities also capture the significance of the agricultural sector in diversifying the economy and urged IFAD to continue their outreach and support to unserved rural communities across the country.

Making his presentation, Mr Kanayo F. Nwanze disclosed that IFAD is now developing a strategic plan with the ministry and development partners that will form the roadmap in supporting and improving the agricultural sector in Sierra Leone. He subscribed to the development aspirations captured in both the Agenda for Prosperity and the post-Ebola recovery priorities on agriculture.

He also expressed amazement by the amount of growth made in the sector and registered IFAD's commitment to support the sector, stating that Sierra Leone has been IFAD's countries of focus since 1980, investing in rural areas and in micro finance institutions.

Source: Government of Sierra Leone.

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