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Thank you so much Mr facilitator for such a educative platform where we disussed issues that affect our nations.
Aminata from Sierra Leone the CEO of Agro Fish farm, i will like to give my own contribution in relation to what is the role for modern technologies, including Information and Communication Technologies, in sustaining capacity development initiatives? For us to achieve sustainable Development Goal two which say Zero Hunger, we need to explore modern technologies so that we will be able to either process, label and distribute our goods. Information and communication technologies are very vital especially in the world we are living now. With ICT we are able to do some many things at the blink of your eyes without any difficulties. For example the present discussion we are doing on this platform it so significant because we are able to deliberate and analyses issues that is affecting everybody across the globe. In this forum we have learned a lot from each other's views and opinions on issues that are discussed here from different country perspective and this is possible because of information and communication technology. In Sierra Leone, in this sector we are making head way although it is not that too effective especially in the rural areas but the awareness is there and almost all the youth are aware of the importance of information and communication technology. The stakeholders need to play very key role for us as country to actualize this particular development, they need to provide sustainable electricity because technologies don’t go without power. Where there is no power it is difficult for ICT to strive effectively and it limits you from so many opportunities that are out there.
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I am Aminata F Kandeh from Sierra Leone thanks to these who have contributed to the different topic in this forum. Am so delighted to be part of this forum am learning a lot , I will like to give my own contribution on question four which says What interventions do you think are needed to increase the agriculture sector resilience to environmental stressors, especially among smallholder farmers? In my country we have not yet embark on commercial farming although we have some people in to it but the percentage is not compared to those that are not. Am sure the major problem is with the government they should provide the enable environment for us such as good road network, electricity and many more. Also the agricultural sector should provide the necessary input and equipment for the farmers, for example machines, Seeds and other farm input at very reasonable price so that the farmers will be able to plant and on time.
I will want the government to pay more attention to agriculture because it is the way out for the development of my country we are blessed with so many raw materials, minerals and the climate condition is ok. In addition they need to encourage investors in the field to invest in the country by reducing the level of taxes on them and also make sure that they sign an agreement that whatever raw materials they produce in the country should be as well processed here.
Furthermore, most of the students that studied agriculture do not want to go to the field because we are not encouraged as those that studied accounting, information Technology and the likes. Majority of the youth in my country see farming as poor man job and most of them are living in the city, the stakeholders need to make the field very attractive one like the others and also provide basic facilities such as pipe burn water, electricity, health centers and the likes in all the districts by so doing we will have more youth going in to farming. This is my humble contribution thanks for reading.