GTZ’s Food Security, Reconciliation and Consolidation of Peace project in the border chiefdoms of Kono and Kailahun districts on Thursday became a day’s host to eight foreign journalists at its regional head office in Kenema.
Welcoming the delegation to Kenema and giving a background on the project, GTZ’s team leader Karlheinz Eyrich said the government of Sierra Leone and Germany agreed on a bilateral project in Kono and Kailahun with the aim of improving the living conditions of vulnerable households to enable them live a healthy and productive life in a peaceful and stable social environment.
GTZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to implement this food security, Reconciliation and Consolidation of Peace project in the two eastern districts.
He stated that FSR entailed production access and utilization which take into account security and stability, the basis for development— thereby building on local know-how and knowledge respecting tradition using local resources.
Mr Eyrich maintained that, “our intervention area is close to borders with Guinea and Liberia which were most affected during the war, even now about 70% of the structures remain un-rehabilitated”.
The project target group includes the youth, single household women and small scale farmers.
He pointed out that GTZ would not stay forever. Talking about its exit strategy, he said “it is involving people or target groups right from the beginning.
Action Activities are geared to finish in time. Giving an overview of GTZ/FSR the project officer, Rex Mohamed Kenneh, said “the overall objectives by 2008 is to see that the poor and war affected groups in selected areas of Kono and Kailahun districts have improved their food security and stabilized their economic and social livelihood in a sustainable manner”.
GTZ/FSR is operating in seven chiefdoms in Kailahun district which include Kissi Kama, Kissi Tongi, Kissi Teng, Luawa, Upper Bambara, Dea and Pengua chiefdoms and five (5) chiefdoms in Kono district which include Soa, Gbane Kandor, Mafindor, Lei and Toli chiefdoms.
The visiting journalists were Judith Reker of Weltreporter.Net global correspondent, Bettina Ruhl of Theodor Heuss Ring, Dirk Bathe of Redakteur Deutsche program politic Deutsche Welle Radio, Judith Raupp of Suddeutsche Zeitung , Jolien Schure researcher Bonn International Center for Conversion ( B.I.C.C.), Audice Bohm of diefeit and Anne Jirry of Medico international.