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Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture praises FAO as first partner to assist on Ebola outbreak

Florence Chenoweth and José Graziano da Silva in talks during the FAO Conference

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Rome, 15 June 2015 - In a meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the sidelines of the 39th session of FAO Conference, Liberia’s Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth has praised the Organization as the first of the country’s  resource and technical partners to allocate funds to Ebola.

“I thank FAO to have quickly implemented a Technical Cooperation Programme after the Ebola virus outbreak started in Liberia”, said Minister Chenoweth.

The Minister has also outlined the efforts carried out by Liberia to contain the virus and to minimize its impacts in the country’s food security and nutrition.

“We give the credit to our communities that took things into their own hands and made sure that they kept their communities safe. They took the training, the practice so we are giving credit to the communities but I give credit to the Liberian people. We wanted to get rid of Ebola, and we did”, said Chenoweth.

The Minister congratulated warmly Graziano da Silva for his reelection while mentioning that her visit intended to renew Liberia’s’ commitment to FAO and to its activities.

“I believe in gratitude in recognition of the job this Director-General has done and to see him go back for a second term to continue”, she said.

In turn, the Director-General commended the Government of Liberia on the work done on Ebola mentioning the importance of having kept food security and nutrition central during the crisis. 

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