Liberia hosts Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development SymposiumSep 5, 2013
Monrovia: The Government of Liberia through the National Investment Commission (NIC) and the Ministry of Agriculture will host a 2-day Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) symposium aimed at facilitating investment in the country.
The event seeks to create business linkages between small holder and potential local and international investors in agri-business and is being supported by the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UNDP Regional Inclusive Market Development Program.
The two-day symposium which takes place 9-10 September 2013, at the Monrovia City Hall, will also showcase Liberia’s Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (LASIP) to the private sector, and present the government’s efforts in ensuring agribusiness opportunities that the private sector can tap into.
It comes at a time a bigger CAADP stocktaking conference organized by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa Development NEPAD is expected to take place in Maputo from 11-13 September 2013.
The Symposium provides an opportunity for Liberia along with Development Partners to unpack selected projects, highlighting specific opportunities for private sector investment in support of Liberia's CAADP and focus on mobilizing private sector inputs in the country's CAADP investment programme in order to maximize investment from the public sector, local private sector, and international private sector as well as development partners toward the acceleration of growth in the agriculture/agribusiness sector in Liberia.
In 2003, the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) which is the implementing arm of the African Union (AU) launched its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) with the aim to restore agricultural growth, facilitate rural development, and ensure food and nutrition security in Africa.
Since then, individual African governments have adopted national plans to ensure the attainment of the overarching goal of CAADP—fostering agriculture-led economic growth in Africa.
To this end, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), developed a Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (LASIP) in 2010 which seeks to get the private sector to lead increased investment in the agriculture sector and to spur export growth through a public private partnership, as well as to raise public sector focus on the promotion of small farmers’ growth and development.
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