The Ministry of Agriculture hereby clarifies that there is no embargo on any Agriculture Donor Funded Project as is being circulated in public and on various social media fora.
The Ministry views the story circulating in the Media over the withholding of $48 Million Donor Fund as inaccurate. The joint IFAD, World Bank and GOL Project is still being implemented.
The Ministry says it is enjoying the confidence and credibility of its Donor Partners including the World Bank and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) which is evidenced by the $48 Million United States Dollars Financing Agreement signed recently between the Government of Liberia and IFAD on November 21, 2019 at the Ministry of Finance, and Development Planning.
The Ministry further clarifies that both Projects under this Agreement, (the Tree Crop Extension Project (TCEP) and Smallholder Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) are ongoing under the Program Management Unit (PMU) headed by Mr. Raymond Ogunti.
The two Projects seek to empower more than Thirty-Eight (38) thousand Smallholder Farmers in nine counties to increase productivity and provide job opportunities for young people including women in those areas.
The Ministry reiterates its commitment in responsibly handling Donor Funds; indicating that funds provided for Projects under its supervision are strictly managed by the Project Implementation Units (PIU) without external interferences.