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FAO celebrates World Food Day in Pujehun

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations celebrated World Food Day 2023 in Sierra Leone on October 16th, with the theme "Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind." The event was held in Pujehun Town, Southern Sierra Leone, and brought together government ministers, development partners, farmer-based organizations, and key stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

In his remarks, FAO Representative Saeed A. Bancie emphasized the importance of water for sustainable agriculture productivity in Sierra Leone and called for responsible water management to ensure food security, promote sustainable agriculture, and preserve water for future generations. Bancie noted that agriculture accounts for 72% of global freshwater withdrawals, while another 16% goes to municipalities for households and services, with 12% used by industries. He stressed the need to recognize that water is not an infinite resource, and its sustainable use is fundamental to ensure resilience and food security in the face of climate change.

President Bio explained that the Feed Salone initiative is a generational movement aiming to propel Sierra Leone into an era of agricultural self-reliance, ensuring overall economic prosperity. He continued that improving on export earnings from cash crops as a strategic objective can redirect current five hundred million ($500,000,000) worth of imports to develop and modernize the agricultural sector and improve the livelihood of the people.

The event was also marked by the formal launch of the Government of Sierra Leone's flagship “Feed Salone Initiative” by President Julius Maada Bio. The initiative aims to increase agricultural productivity and incomes, improve nutrition, and create jobs in the agriculture sector. FAO commits to supporting the Government of Sierra Leone in its efforts to achieve food security and nutrition for all.


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