March 1, 2017
On February 22, representatives of the U.S. Mission and Government of Sierra Leone launched a $16.9 million agricultural initiative titled “Feed the Future: Sierra Leone Entrepreneurial Agriculture for Improved Nutrition” in Tonkolili District.
Paramount Chief Maskama Kanamanka III and District Council Chairman Alusine Sesay, presided over the ceremony.
Welcoming the initiative and the support it would provide to the residents of the Tonkolili District. In addition, over 150 community members attended including a dynamic group of women farmers, who have been actively involved in the agricultural development program since its initial launch.
“Feed the Future” is a five-year initiative and is part of the United States government’s global efforts to revitalise and modernise agriculture in developing countries. Building upon the December 1st ground-breaking event in Freetown,” U.S. Ambassador John Hoover shared his sentiments at the District celebration.
“Let us dedicate ourselves to improving food security and diversifying the economy to build a better future for the next generation and for your children.”
Catholic Relief Services and its implementing partners will lead the “Feed the Future” initiative to reach up to 30,000 households, or approximately 180,000 people in the district.
Recognising that African women constitute 65-70% of the agricultural workforce, District Council Chairman, Alusine Sesay, noted:“Empowerment of women will serve as a critical role for the success of this project for Tonkolili District.”