Importance of Nutritional Food, Safe Water to Future Stability Stressed

first_imgsome of the participants at the at a foodfair exhibition event, under the program, improvement of health carein Montserrado and Bomi counties through Infrastructure Developmentand Capacity Building Measures, which brought together farmers, healthworkers and community dwellers from the two counties.Philip K. Faley, director of Bil-Lander Incorporated, has said that food, safe drinking water and knowledge sharing play significant roles in the future stability of Liberia and the continent.Mr. Faley made the marks recently in Monrovia at a food exhibition held under the program, improvement of health care in Montserrado and Bomi counties through Infrastructure Development and Capacity Building Measures. Scores of farmers, health workers and community dwellers from the two counties participated in the fair.The project three year long project costing US$2.7 million, is being supported by BMZ, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany,The project valued at US$2.7 million, is being supported by BMZ, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.The gathering suggests and symbolizes uniqueness, togetherness, deeper collaboration and coordination among participants and organizers that will help to address the country’s sanitation and food insecurity challenges, said Faley.In his keynote address, Faley described the exhibition as something that brings like-minded people to exhibit their products, produce and  innovations that will help the country.He said such events provide equal opportunities for experts to showcase their expertise and interact on future developments and innovations, knowledge sharing in their respective areas of focus.“The science and practices of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the nurturing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products are also equally essential. Importantly, there should be strategic plans to match food consumption to the growing population, which reduces food insecurity,” Mr. Faley said.The demand for safe and affordable water will surge and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food demand will increase by a staggering 98.6 percent.Director of Bil-Lander Limited Incorporated, Philip K. Faley, says exhibition event brings like-mindedpeople to exhibit their products/produce and new innovations that would help LiberiaMrs. Z. Patience Flomo, Afromedical Community Health and Welfare Services executive director, said the program is intended to improve health, nutrition and hygiene projects in the targeted communities.“We have helped about 300 farmers in the two counties with farming materials, so we want some of them to actually demonstrate farming activities, so that we could give them extra prizes as a way of encouraging them to do more,” Mrs. Flomo said.She said the food fair is basically meant to promote nutrition and ensure that the program can be sustained even after the supporting organization have left.Theophilus B. Dabieh, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Welt hungerhilfe, an international organization, said his entity is working in 52 communities both in Montserrado and Bomi counties. We are at the close of completing the rehabilitation of 15 government clinics in the two counties in collaboration with the Ministry of Health,” Dabieh said, adding that they are also educating community dwellers to observe sanitation, and nutritional messages to ensure that they maintain good health by growing what they eat and eating what they grow.He continued, “We also provide training, tools, and seeds to the beneficiaries with the aim of ensuring that they have the capacities to make progress. We are also excited, because of the farmers’ cooperation to work with us. We can have all the money, but if there is no coordination, we will not make any progress.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Second-tier candidates come seeking support, spotlight

first_imgCity Councilman Bill Rosendahl took Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth, to City Hall to meet the council. Unfortunately, when Kucinich arrived, the council was involved in a ceremony creating a Sister City arrangement with Yerevan, Armenia – leaving the candidate standing stiffly to the side with no chance to speak directly to the council. Meanwhile, the Obama event last week sponsored by DreamWorks mogul David Geffen continued to draw buzz from the national media. A behind-the-scenes account by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Mariniucci reported the event had one thing rarely seen at fundraisers these days: an open bar. Considering the buy-in was $2,300 and Obama raised $1.3 million at the event, it was a cheap tradeoff. Now that Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have swept through town to raise money for their campaigns, the next tier of presidential hopefuls is seeking to tap into California’s wealth. While former Sen. John Edwards and Rep. Dennis Kucinich aren’t drawing the same level of media and Hollywood attention as Obama and Clinton, they are still seeking to solidify support from grass-roots and Democratic activists. Kucinich has made appearances before the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley and the UCLA Young Democrats, while Edwards is scheduled to hold a series of events in coming weeks, including a March 5 reception in Beverly Hills. But Kucinich learned how difficult it can be to get attention in L.A. Not to be outdone, Clinton is said to be pushing her L.A. supporters to do all they can to make sure she raises at least $1 more than Obama took in when her next fundraiser is held on March 24. Tired of channel surfing? Can’t get enough debate over potholes? Looking to see exactly what your neighbors are up to? Take heart. The chance to watch your neighbors at work might soon be coming to a computer near you. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is starting a pilot video-on-demand project in which Neighborhood Council meetings will be taped and available on the city’s Web site. Three of the 88 Neighborhood Councils will be selected in an April drawing to participate in the six-month program. Cost is estimated at $9,000 for each Neighborhood Council involved in the program. It is tempting to ask if this award was presented in a smoke-filled room, but it was actually folks like political consultant Joe Cerrell who helped bring the election process out into the open rather than leaving choices up to political bosses. Cerrell was honored last week as the 11th recipient in the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame for his more than 40 years of work in national, state, and local politics, beginning with the 1960 campaign of John F. Kennedy. Before that, he was the youngest-ever director of the California Democratic Party and worked for former Gov. Pat Brown and former Attorney General Stanley Mosk. He has been a fixture at City Hall over the years for his firm’s lobbying work. rick.orlov@dailynews.com. 213-978-0390 ——— TIPOFF Rick Orlov is a Daily News staff writer. Write to him at P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200 or by e-mail at rick.orlov@dailynews.com For details on Neighborhood Council meetings, see Page 5.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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