Government of Liberia and FAO hold national seminar on rice and aquaculture

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Monrovia, Mar. 15, 2013 – A national seminar on "rice and aquaculture for productivity increase and market development in Liberia," ends in Monrovia today.

The five-day interactive forum, which began on 11 March 2013, is organized by the Government of Liberia and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop is being held within the framework of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) project funded by the Government of Japan as part of its commitment to Aid for Trade aimed at integrating developing countries into the multilateral trading system.

Nearly 100 participants analyzed needs-resources gaps, identified priorities, and prepared concept notes for futureprojects on rice and aquaculture.

The participants were drawn mainly from the rice and aquaculture sub-sectors to include farmers as well as private and government sector representatives who will play a key role in the future implementation of aquaculture strategies and projects. Workshop activities comprised plenary sessions, field visit, presentations, and group deliberations.

The project aims to promote rice and aquaculture production in Sub-Sahara African countries including Liberia, through capacity development. The effort also contributes to the initiative of Coalition for African Rice Development (or CARD) and the process of National Programmes for Food Security (NPFS).

A team of South-South Cooperation experts, including its Project Coordinator Mr. Ichiro Tsurusaki, from FAO Head Quarters in Rome, are in Liberia for the seminar.

For Additional Information on FAO’s Work in Liberia, please contact:

Mr. Jean-Alexandre Scaglia

FAO Country Representative in Liberia


John T. Monibah

Communications Officer

Tel. 00231-776-737-521