The Executive Director of the Sean Devereux Children’s Education and Agriculture Program (SDCEP), Mr. Amadu Sarnor, is urging all Liberian farmers, cooperatives, and agriculturists to participate in World Food Day celebrations to learn new ideas, share constraints, source partnerships, and showcase outputs.
Speaking over the weekend on the Sean Devereux farm in Bomi County, 20 miles from Monrovia, Mr Sarnor said: “World Food Day is very necessary for all farmers because it brings about a sense of competition, showcases best practices, and it increases networking among all stakeholders.” Mr. Sarnor then called on the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture “to prioritize the annual World Food program to engender learning and happiness among farmers. Let the MoA take a lead in this and make it a huge event for us all like it is done in Ghana and Nigeria, make it competitive with prizes for best practices and best farmers.”
He said World Food Day should be seen more as an event that promotes large scale production, boosting agriculture and making it productive.” He disclosed that at this year’s program, SDCEP will be showcasing improved varieties of rice they recently harvested. “That’s why the theme for this year, ‘Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition’, is very important for all Liberians.”
Located in rural Montserrado and Bomi Counties, SDCEP is Liberian agriculture, academic, and vocational development organization reaching over 1,000 beneficiaries mainly women. It has over five hectares of lowland and upland cultivated with rice, vegetables, tubers, and fishpond.
SDCEP was founded in 1993 in memory of the young British humanitarian worker Sean Devereux. Mr. Devereux worked in Liberia prior to the civil war as a Volunteer of the Salesains of Don Bosco (Catholic) Missionaries. In 1990, he started working for WFP, and in 1993 was killed in Somalia while on a Unicef mission. He was described as “Soldier of Peace” who gave his life serving others.
SDCEP currently works in collaboration with LACE (Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment), World Food Programme, Forum for African Women Educationalists, Don Bosco, Sean Devereux Children’s Fund UK among other partners.