FAO To Support Ebola Affected Farmers, Small Businesses in Liberia

first_imgIn support of the re-establishment of Ebola affected farmers and small business holders in the various counties in Liberia, the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has disclosed a plan to support farmers and small business holders in the country.The one-day meeting with farmers and small business holders in Kakata, Margibi County brought together over 60 women from five counties, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Bomi and Montserrado, to help highlight their needs and sustainability in Liberia.Speaking yesterday on the BWI campus in Kakata, Margibi County, the head of the FAO’s assessment mission in Liberia, Vincent Martin, said, he was concerned about the affect of the deadly Ebola virus on farmers and small business holders and their immediate needs that would helped to re-establish them in their various areas.Mr. Martin explained that he was pleased to be in Liberia and meeting with citizens who have been affected by the deadly Ebola virus and help to ensure that his organization (FAO) would help in empowering farmers and other small business holders in improving their living condition.“We want to know the effect of the Ebola disease, including the economic challenges and how the FAO can provide  support to empower you.” He said the virus affected Liberia negatively and this required finding solutions that would better the lives of farmers and those into small businesses.”He assured the farmers and small business holders that the meeting will have a significant  impact in their lives, including economic empowerment and re-establishment of better living condition.  According to Mr. Martin, his organization will continue to support the Liberian people in the fight against the Ebola virus and ensure that farmers are supported in their farming activities, including the small business holders.Also speaking, the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell, said 60-65 percent of women were affected by the deadly Ebola virus during the early outbreak of the disease. “Women were always there to give care, even as the death toll affected them, too.”The Gender Minister attributed the lack of awareness and sensitization to the high death rate of women in the country but said, they had taken serious advantage  of the preventive measures in recent times.“Telling a mother that your child is sick and you don’t need  to touch that child is a difficult thing to do with. Telling market women that you can’t go to Guinea is a very serious problem that broke many businesses down in Liberia.She further explained,  “Liberian women were seriously making progress in their living condition, including economic empowerment, development, agriculture, going back to school, improving in small medium size businesses,” she narrated.The Minister said, if Liberian  women are being empowered throughout the country, the rest of the Liberia will be empowered, she added.“Most of the women are trained on how to borrow money and pay it back. We look at women who farm and do small businesses throughout the country in the empowerment sector.”She urged the women to make use of the opportunities provided by FAO that would help in the improvement of their living standard and the re-establishment of their activities. The one-day meeting was focused on the Ebola virus disease and women’s  associations recovery plan and sustainability in post Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City close to £50m deal, Chelsea eye Icardi & Arsenal to land Evans? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester City are increasingly confident of concluding a £50million deal to sign John Stones from Everton before the Premier League season starts on Saturday. City and Everton have been in negotiations over Stones for the past three weeks but are understood to have moved closer to agreement over the past 24 hours. (The Times)Everton have offered £18million for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone as they prepare for John Stones’ departure. (Daily Mail)New Everton boss Ronald Koeman is also not giving up in his pursuit of Ashley Williams. Swansea have rejected an initial £10million bid by Everton for the Welsh club’s captain. But Koeman still wants the Wales international defender and skipper, who impressed in Chris Coleman side’s run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of £18m from Everton for the forward Yannick Bolasie, with the south London club holding out for a fee closer to £30m. (Guardian)Arsene Wenger wants to land a new defender by Friday after Arsenal ‘s injury crisis deepened. Boss Wenger is trying to push through a move for either Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafior Jonny Evans of West Brom before the season opener at home to Liverpool on Sunday. (Daily Mirror)Pep Guardiola has decided to sell Samir Nasri and Manchester City want £18million for the midfielder. Inter and AC Milan are keen on the Frenchman. (Daily Star)City boss Guardiola is also ready to ditch Eliaquim Mangala, Jesus Navas and Wilfried Bony this summer. (Daily Mail)Jose Mourinho will turn his attention to clearing out unwanted players at Manchester United after the signing of Paul Pogba for a world-record fee. Mourinho’s list of players who can go is headed by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been cut from the first team, and also includes defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind and midfielder Juan Mata. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea have turned their attentions to £50m-rated Inter Milan striker Mario Icardi after Everton refused to let Romelu Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)West Brom defender and Euro 2016 hero James Chester is wanted by Albion’s relegated neighbours Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)Gabby Agbonlahor has been told he has played his last game for relegated Aston Villa. The ex-England forward held talks with new boss Roberto Di Matteo before the start of the Championship season and is not part of future plans. (Daily Mirror)Brendan Galloway is likely to become a Newcastle player this week as Rafa Benitez finalises a loan fee. The Magpies are in talks with Everton about borrowing the young left-back for the season, and hope to have him in their squad later this week. (Daily Mirror)Wolves are set to beat Liverpool to Brazilian forward Anderson Talisca – and smash their transfer record. The Championship side are close to concluding a deal with Benfica for the £20m-rated ace. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Paul Pogba from Juventus for world record transfer fee of £89mAndre Ayew joins West Ham from Swansea for club-record feeChelsea FC transfer news: Juventus planning to spend Paul Pogba money on Nemanja MaticArsenal transfer report: Gunners to offer Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan in bid to land striker Mauro IcardiCarlos Bacca meets with agent to discuss potential £24m West Ham moveJose Mourinho issues Zlatan Ibrahimovic warning to Manchester United’s Premier League rivalsManchester City transfer report: Blues open to offers for out-of-favour Samir NasriDeal STILL ON! Tottenham remain hopeful of signing Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’KoudouManchester United and Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi is ‘the heart of the club’ and not for sale, say Paris Saint-Germain ownerlast_img read more