May 26, 2017
Founder and Chairman, Everybody Must Farm (EMF), Sfano Njawa Sesay, has stated that his group is seeking a five hundred million United States Dollars ($500,000,000.00) funding to strengthen its institutional capacity and the social re-integration process of youth in Sierra Leone.
Speaking to Concord Times,Sfano cited unemployment as one of the key challenging issues affecting the progress of young people in the country, adding that agriculture has the potential to address youth unemployment regardless of educational background.
General Sfano further stated that a greater number of the country’s population relocated to big towns and cities during the eleven years civil war, and that social re-integration of the fragmented population was one of the key focuses of EMF, to help reduce crime rate and over-population in big towns and cities.
He added that the Ebola epidemic further terrified the minds of people and that President Koroma’s recovery priorities, among which, agriculture was prioritized, could be a major means of restoring the hopes of people in the country.
“My group would conduct awareness and fund raising ceremony during the feast of Ramadan, at Quincy’s night club, to help attract the attention and support of donors. The ceremony would act as a springboard for my group’s global awareness and fundraising campaign to create massive job opportunities and eradicate poverty in vulnerable countries around the world through agriculture,” he said.
“Very Important Personalities (VIP’s) in National and Global development in Sierra Leone are expected to attend the Everybody Must Farm Awareness and fundraising show at Quincy’s on pray day.”
Also as the Chief Executive Officer, Sfano-Michael Jackson Children’s Development Fund (SFAMJACFUND), he promised to do all he could to meet and hold talks with Janet Jackson on issues affecting children, especially addressing hunger through entertainment.
“My organization has staged numerous efforts to address poverty in this part of the world and more is expected to be done. Encouraging people embark on a massive investment in agriculture, would be the best solution to the many issues we are faced with,” he said.
He noted that the fertile soil in Sierra Leone would be important to enhance food sufficiency in the country, if the Military, police and the Correctional Forces could engage in local food production for their feeding, instead of depending on imported foodstuff.
He called on development partners, government ministries and agencies including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States International Development Agency (USAID), Smallholders Commercialization Programme (SCP), Global Fund for Women, National Telecommunications Company (NATCOM), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), telecommunication companies, European Union (EU), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to see reason and help fund his vision for the better of all and sundry.