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first_imgLocally produced rice and beans and Bunadin, Nimba County, ready for sale to WFP for school meals. The Home-Grown School Meals Program – known for its integrated agriculture, nutrition, education and social safety net approaches – is a WFP and Government of Liberia’s innovative and multifaceted development effort, which benefits both the food security and education sectors through the production of nutritious food commodities for use in school feeding.School administrators are lauding the effort as “extremely wonderful and good for improving education.”  Principal Joseph S. Adjei of Liberia National Red Cross High School in Saclepea could not hold back his admiration for the home-grown school meals program. “We have changed from vegetable oil to palm oil and to country rice and eddoes – you name it – and the students love it,” he said.Mr. Adjei outlined the immediate benefits of the new meals program in his school. “Right now we have 560 students. When we started in September, it was less than that but when the feeding started in October, the news spread and more students came,” he said.WFP-supported Community Grain Reserves (CGR) in Nimba County are also supporting the school meals program by selling local rice and beans to WFP. CGR are owned and managed by rural women farmer groups that WFP trained and provided with initial amounts of milled rice for use as loan to other farmers and community residents during the peak of the hunger season.Sampson Toko, secretary-general of the Gleyeekwa-doo (the residents of Gelyee are one) farmers group in Bunadin, said their CGR was milling at least 300 bags of 25kg rice for sale to WFP. “We are providing WFP school feeding people with rice, beans and red oil that we ourselves produced. We are going to produce more, because there is market to buy from us. One year from now we will increase our paddy rice production field from six to eight hectares.”Up to 2017, WFP, in collaboration with authorities of the Ministry of Education, provided daily school meals to over 120,000 students in 577 rural public primary schools in nine counties.Additionally, over 4,000 school-going girls received monthly rations of rice and oil under the WFP Girls take-home rations, which is aimed at boosting girls’ enrollment, attendance and retention. The support was provided in areas where girl child enrollment was noticeably low as compared to boys.In late 2017, WFP experienced huge financial constraints that forced the organization to suspend school meals program in early 2018. The resumption of school meals program in October 2018 was made possible through a multilateral donor support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Bhutto serves some of the students at Ylamba Public School in Sacleapea.The World Food Program (WFP) and the Government of Liberia (GoL), along with other partners, continue to demonstrate commitment by providing nutritious and locally produced rice to school children. This is evidenced by some 20,000 students in 62 public schools in Nimba County, who are currently enjoying the daily rice produced by local farmers.The rice is being purchased by WFP as part of plans to directly support smallholder farmers, in order to boost production, improve school children’s nutrition and education status as well as develop social and productive safety nets.Recently, a high-powered WFP-Liberia team headed by its deputy country director, Asif Bhutto, visited two schools in Nimba County where WFP and partners are also implementing the school feeding program.Bhutto, who spoke to students and school administrators, said that WFP is pleased to support the school meals program with food commodities bought from local farmers as a way of supporting them to produce more food instead of buying the food from overseas.He said the organization’s activities throughout the country are in line with the government’s development plan as articulated in the Pro-Poor Agenda.Under its Home-Grown School Feeding Program, the WFP, in collaboration with the ministries of Education and Agriculture, buy rice, cassava, eddoes, potatoes, vegetables, and palm oil from smallholder farmers in the country and then supply these to selected schools.last_img read more


Paul Pierce missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds as the Los Angeles Lakers best the Brooklyn Nets, 99-94, from Barclays Center.Brooklyn trailed by 27 points early in the contest and never led but rallied to tie the score after Mirza Teletovic’s career-high 17 point effort. Teletovic blocked Lakers’ Wesley Johnson at the rim and scored four straight points  plus a 3 pointer,  hitting half his free throws to even the score at 92 a piece  with  just under four minutes on the clock.The Lakers recaptured the lead with Johnson’s steal and breakaway dunk with 1:33 left to play, and Brooklyn missed four shots in a row until Alan Anderson’s dunk cut it to 95-94 with 10 seconds remaining.Nick Young led the Lakers with a season-high 26 points off the bench. Pau Gasol netted 21 points while Steve Blake dished out 10 assists.“I thought Nick Young hit some huge shots,” Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He played really well to kind of get us out of our funk.”Joe Johnson carried Brooklyn with 18 points. Pierce scored 12 but struggled with his shooting, making 4-of-17 from the field.“It’s frustrating when the ball doesn’t go your way, but eventually I know these shots throughout the course of 82 games are going to fall for me,” Pierce said.Right before halftime The Nets  came out of a timeout with a 15-0 run however, the shooting was off and the Lakers took a 54-40 lead into the locker rooms.Pierce scored 10 in the third and his layup in the final minute had the Nets within single digits heading into the final period. Teletovic opened the fourth with a triple, and Brooklyn was competitive the rest of the way.The Nets haven’t beaten LA since Nov. 27, 2007, when current head coach Jason Kidd  had on a jersey and scored 15 points and handed out 14 assists. read more


first_img TCI: Independent House member Connolly says PDM Government too inexperienced to manage the country A Statement from the Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture, and Human services, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing on the National Health Insurance scheme Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NHIB, #nostrikeatNHIB Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 1, 2017 – Providenciales – Not true said our sources about a news story making social media rounds about trouble and a sick out at the National Health Insurance Board.    The report claimed that staff did not show up for work, that the returned CEO was a major problem and that the Premier was disregarding issues at the Board, leaving matters unresolved.  However, in a brief statement to Magnetic Media, Premier and Finance Minister, Sharlene Robinson called the report mischievous, adding that Minister of Health, Edwin Astwood and his Board have her full support.  Minister Astwood reported to the Premier that the Facebook post was not true and that the process to resolve issues at the once embattled NHIB, are progressing.  In 2016, NHIB staff staged sick outs, its CEO was put on leave, financial deficiencies were to the tune of over $2M and there had been a Cabinet mandate to review its Operations.  Since then, recommendations of the Chief Internal Auditor were heard and are being carried out, says Cabinet from mid-May.  #MagneticMediaNews#NHIB#nostrikeatNHIB Prominent Ministry of Education officer is now the interim boss at National Health Insurance Board Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more