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Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Receives International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Executive Board, Expresses Hope of Agriculture Being Largest Employer

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  His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has received the Executive Board of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD which was visiting the country to take stock of their interventions in the sector Presenting the team from the largest and most active donor in Sierra Leone s agricultural sector Minister of Agriculture Abubakarr Karim said the visitors had been to some parts of the country in the few days to engage different partners and to also see how their funds were being utilised He noted that this was their first such visit but IFAD s investments in the sector were aligned with the government s initiative to prioritise agriculture adding that as donors they had also ensured reliable and sustainable access to funding by farmers in the country Spokesperson for the delegation Dr Yaya Olaniran disclosed that they had fruitful exercises as they had been in the country to see firsthand the impact of their investments in agriculture adding that those interventions included producers public private partnerships and involved more women as producers He went on to state that among many other things they saw the enthusiasm in the school going children under the President s Free Quality Education programme and pledged IFAD s continued support and commitment to the government and people of Sierra Leone In his response President Julius Maada Bio welcomed the Executive Board of IFAD on behalf of his government and the people of Sierra Leone adding that they were visiting at a critical time when his government was planning on doubling its efforts on the agriculture and productive sectors
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Receives International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Executive Board, Expresses Hope of Agriculture Being Largest Employer

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His Excellenc

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has received the Executive Board of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, which was visiting the country to take stock of their interventions in the sector.

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Sierra Leone

Presenting the team, from the largest and most active donor in Sierra Leone’s agricultural sector, Minister of Agriculture, Abubakarr Karim, said the visitors had been to some parts of the country in the few days to engage different partners and to also see how their funds were being utilised.

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He noted that this was their first such visit but IFAD’s investments in the sector were aligned with the government’s initiative to prioritise agriculture, adding that as donors they had also ensured reliable and sustainable access to funding by farmers in the country.

Yaya Olaniran

Spokesperson for the delegation, Dr Yaya Olaniran, disclosed that they had fruitful exercises, as they had been in the country to see firsthand the impact of their investments in agriculture, adding that those interventions included producers, public-private partnerships and involved more women as producers.

Free Quality Education

He went on to state that among many other things they saw the enthusiasm in the school-going children under the President’s Free Quality Education programme, and pledged IFAD’s continued support and commitment to the government and people of Sierra Leone.

President Julius Maada Bio

In his response, President Julius Maada Bio welcomed the Executive Board of IFAD, on behalf of his government and the people of Sierra Leone, adding that they were visiting at a critical time when his government was planning on doubling its efforts on the agriculture and productive sectors.

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