UNHCR Hands Over Agricultural Tools to FAO for distribution

Monrovia. 30 January 2014. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) turned over a consignment of farming tools to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for distribution to Liberian farmers, and Ivorian refugees.

The turning over ceremony, which was held at the warehouses of the UNHCR on Somalia Drive in Monrovia, brought together the heads of both UNHCR and FAO, and staff of the two agencies. The turning over ceremony was conducted in the spirit of One UN collaboration as well as UNHCR and FAO’s commitment to support refugees and Liberian farmers produce their own food using quality hand tools.

Presenting the consignment, UNHCR Liberia Country Representative Mr. Khassim Diagne said the tools were mainly intended to support farmers living in communities affected by the Ivorian refugee crisis. Mr. Diagne stressed the importance of the UNHCR working collaboratively with FAO, WFP, and other food sector partners within the scope of the United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF). He said: “I feel this presentation is important to support communities hosting refugees, as part of the One UN body and the delivering as one effort.”

The UNHCR boss added that FAO being the specialized UN Organization working in collaboration with the Government of Liberia to support farmers in food production, these tools would help support its outreach and enhance its work. He acknowledged the strong collaboration that continues to exist between the two UN bodies.

The FAO Country Representative in Liberia, Mr. Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, said FAO and UNHCR have worked collaboratively over the past years to support refugees worldwide, and Liberia was no different. “We have worked with UNHCR globally, and in Liberia especially during the Ivorian refugee crisis, supporting refugees that crossed into the country. There is a very fruitful collaboration between FAO and UNHCR,” said Mr. Scaglia.

FAO, together with the Government of Liberia is currently supporting Ivorian refugees and host communities in Grand Gedeh, Maryland, Nimba and River Gee Counties in food, vegetable, and tuber production as well as capacity development. Under the Cross-Border Initiative, FAO in collaboration with partners is also assisting Liberian and Ivoirians living along the two countries’ borders to strengthen resilience and undertake community-based conflict prevention aimed at boosting food production and enhancing peace in the border areas.

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

Mr. Jean-Alexandre Scaglia
Country Representative
E-Mail: JeanAlexandre.Scaglia@fao.org

John T. Monibah
Communications Officer
Tel. 00231-776-737-521
E-mail: john.monibah@fao.org