PRESS RELEASE: President Weah repositions the NFAA, as per Executive Order #110.

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President George Manneh Weah, has issued Executive Order #110 to extend expired Executive Order #101 on the repositioning of the National Food Assistance Agency of Liberia (NFAA).

Executive Order #110 was issued on May 16, 2022, and is aimed to reposition and strengthen the NFAA to make it far more effective, responsive, and cut-crossing in keeping with its authority, scope, functions, and operations.

The Executive Order empowers the NFAA to ensure the sustainability of school feeding programs across the country and to address improved nutrition for Liberian schoolchildren in order to increase their access, participation, and achievement in learning outcomes such as enrolment, attendance, and retention.

“Both locally produced and donated food commodities will be utilized in this method.” “The strategy will enhance agricultural productivity and income of smallholder farmers, thus enhancing resilience to shocks among food-insecure groups by promoting farmers’ access to production and market opportunities,” according to the Executive Order.

According to the Executive Order, NFAA is to purchase extra products from farmers to be processed and stored for distribution to schools and other institutions in the event of a need or disaster.
“NFAA is expected to establish food stamps and free meals for physically challenged individuals, single and vulnerable parents, including young children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding moms,” according to the Executive Order.

Others include children, the elderly, those who are unwell or malnourished, and Girl-Children who lack parental direction and aid. Also, storage and processing facilities for local crops (cassava, plantain, eddoes, and rice) will be established for distribution. This will supplement food aid to Liberia, according to the Executive Order.

“It is also to enable NFAA to provide a sustainable and reliable food security and nutrition systems through the establishment of regional food hubs, ensure compliance with established standards for food quality, monitor and distribute food commodities to vulnerable, underprivileged individuals and disadvantaged institutions, store and facilitate market linkages for local farmers for surplus commodities, store and facilitate market linkages for local farmers for surplus commodities,” according to the Executive Mansion.

The National Legislature will establish a reasonable extra budget to supplement and/or equalize employees’ base salaries, allowing NFAA to meet both administrative and operational issues.
It has been tasked with conducting a survey and compiling a comprehensive database of both local and international food-related NGOs in Liberia, as well as ensuring proper monitoring mechanisms of food donations from outside sources and their ultimate distribution and supply to Liberian beneficiaries and institutions.

It ensures the continued existence of regional food banks around the country in the event of natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes, or drought. According to President Weah, the Executive Order affirms that food insecurity is a significant issue for the country’s flagship development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD), as well as global efforts to end hunger and poverty by 2030.

According to the Liberia Leader, the decision acknowledges that Liberia’s food-producing resources have been underutilized for more than a decade and that the government intends to encourage investment in this sector to ensure long-term development and food security, in line with SDG goal one, which corresponds to pillar one of the PAPD.

The Agency will be overseen by a Director-General, with other directors and a nine-member Board of Directors, chaired by Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

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