By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
Liberia has joined 14 other countries in the Sahel and West Africa to work towards the adopting of a regional tool that would tackle food and nutrition insecurity.
Closing a week-long workshop in Monrovia over the weekend, the Executive Director of the food security and nutrition unit at the Ministry of Agriculture, Deroe A. Weeks said the national workshop was intended to analyze food and nutrition security using the Cadre Harmonise as a regional tool.
Madam Weeks said the tool will help Liberia in terms of data collection and the documentation of the country’s food and nutrition security and or insecurity situations.
She explained that Liberia does not have hands-on data in terms of reporting food and nutrition insecurity and that the application of the regional tool will only enable the country be on track and collect data that will not be unique to other regional countries that are already using the Cadre Harmonise tool.
The Cadre Harmonise implementation process in the Sahel and West Africa has been fully underway and creates the country’s ownership and occupies a strategic position among the various regional tools and will be used in the CILSS-ECOWAS-UEMOA region as a trigger tool of regional food reserve.
Dr. Charles McClain who proxied for the Agriculture Minister thanked the participants and said as lead institution, the MoA is interested in getting more analytical data as the process moves on.
Emmanuel Anderson, a participant, thanked the organizers and said stunting is still a problem in terms of nutrition but Liberia has made some gains adding that the four key outcome indicators with the primary being targeted at food consumption and livelihood change (assets and strategy), while the secondary outcomes will deal with malnutrition and mortality.
Mr. Anderson also said that the contributing factors will include hazards and vulnerability which will be water sources, food availability, assess to food, food utilization and stability asthe first gathering primary outcome.
He said the final phase will be based on the evidences and deal with analysis, population estimate into the different phases, mapping and the country’s communiqué and that the idea is to compare analysis with what is happening in the region.
Mr. Anderson said the process is rather new for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone that were hit by the Ebola disease and are just preparing for compliance and urged his fellow participants not to take it as a one-shot deal but instead it is a learning process that requires analytical reporting and that evidences that may arise do not deserve an attitude of defense but that they allow the data to speak what the findings are and how it contributes to Cadre Harmonise tool.
By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy