A community-based organization Sierra Leone Alliance Against Hunger (SLAAH) has ended an interactive session with civil society organizations and ward councilors at the Human Right Office at 4 Kandeh Street in Kenema. SLAAH Secretary General Albert Fallah Bockarie in his statement says the session was held to develop strategies that would ensure the Right to Food.
He said ensuring humanity’s freedom from hunger is a critical global challenge confronted in the World Food Summit (WFS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger reduction.
He added that the organization is an advocacy group established to empower civil society members within the SLAAH network to undertake awareness campaigns on the right to food at district and community levels. Bockarie says the session will also target key stakeholders in subsequent programmes that will discuss major strategies on the availability of food, food utilization and access to food among others.
Chairperson of the session councilor Memunatu Kemokai of the Kenema district council says agriculture and food policy are important for national prosperity.
This is particularly the case for countries in which agriculture provides livelihoods for the majority of the population and represents the main economic activity in rural areas where most hungry and malnourished people live.
In many poor countries the potentials for agriculture to contribute to economic and social development and, thus, the realization of the right to food, is relatively untapped because of under-utilization of farming resources, compounded by weakly developed human capacity and lack of appropriate technology. She appealed to SLAAH to support the ward committee members with agricultural input to embark on farming adding it is one way for the people to have access to food at all times.