Liberia Receives $1.5 Million Rice Consignment from Japanese Government to Bolster Food Security

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Liberia Receives $1.5 Million Rice Consignment from Japanese Government to Bolster Food Security
Liberia Receives $1.5 Million Rice Consignment from Japanese Government to Bolster Food Security

Africa-Press – Liberia. The Liberian government received the rice donation under the Japanese KR Food Aid initiative.

The Government of Liberia has received a consignment of rice donation amounting to US$1.5 million from the Government of Japan to bolster food security and provide relief to vulnerable people across the country.

The Liberian government received the rice donation under the Japanese KR Food Aid initiative on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

Through Japan’s KR Food Aid dating as far back as 2008, Liberia has received and continued to get numerous contributions and support under the bilateral initiative with a focus on alleviating food insecurity and supporting agricultural and infrastructure developments.

At the event, Liberia’s Acting Foreign Minister, Gabriel H. Salee, receiving the donation on behalf of President Joseph Nyuma Boakia and the people of Liberia, expressed deep gratitude to the government and people of Japan for their unwavering support and solidarity toward Liberia, adding that the donation aligns with the ARREST agenda of the government.

Minister Salee stated: “Today’s donation is a testament to the strong and enduring friendship between Liberia and Japan. This generous contribution will go a long way in addressing the food needs of our people, particularly those who are most vulnerable. We are profoundly grateful for this assistance which reflects Japan’s commitment to international cooperation and humanitarian aid”.

Acting Foreign Minister Salee asserted that the rice donation from the Government of Japan marks a significant milestone in Liberia’s ongoing efforts to ensure food security and improve the well-being of its citizens.

“This donation underscores the strength of the Liberia-Japan partnership and the shared commitment to addressing global challenges through cooperation and support”, Minister Salee added.

Earlier, presenting the rice, the Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Mochizuki Hisanobu, on behalf of the Government of Japan underscored the importance of this donation in the context of Japan’s ongoing efforts to support Liberia’s development and humanitarian needs.

Continuing, Amb. Hisanobu said: “Japan is committed to supporting Liberia in its pursuit of sustainable development and prosperity. This donation of rice is part of our broader effort to assist Liberia in enhancing food security and improving the livelihoods of its people”.

Amb. Hisanobu expressed the belief if the two nations work together, they can overcome the challenges being faced and build a brighter future together.

He intimated that his government food assistance program has been one of the sustainable means of raising revenue through the Counterpart Value Fund to support the Government of Liberia’s ARREST developmental initiatives aimed at addressing crosscutting challenges to the survival, livelihood, and dignity of people.

For his part, Deputy Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Integration, Dr. Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, asserted that Liberia has successfully maintained the integrity of the KR rice initiative and pledged the government’s commitment to supporting the agricultural and economic growth of the country.

He, however, promised to highlight Japan’s enormous support to Liberia at the upcoming Japan-Africa Summit.

“We are proud to say that Liberia has maintained the integrity of the KR rice program and will continue to do so to fully accelerate our national development agenda. This initiative is pivotal in ensuring food security and promoting sustainable development across the country,” Minister Nyei said.

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