Sierra Leone Ministry of Finance commits to collaboration with IITA on economic revolution

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In a recent meeting with the Sierra Leone Minister of Finance, Honorable Sheku Ahmed Fantamadi Bangura, IITA Director General and CGIAR Regional Director for Continental Africa Dr Simeon Ehui disclosed that IITA and CGIAR are open to providing support to the government and the Ministry of Finance. “A lot is happening on the continent and we want Sierra Leone to be part of the impactful changes happening on the food systems’ landscape,” he said.

In his welcome remarks, Hon Bangura hailed IITA’s intervention at this time as strategic. Speaking on the government’s plans to support homegrown solutions that will strengthen the economy, Hon Bagura said this can only be done with the support of various stakeholders. “Hence, the government is keenly open to working with partners like IITA to deliver the agricultural mandate,” he added.

During the meeting, Dr Ehui said IITA and CGIAR seek areas of collaboration while providing support to the country’s food security agenda and accelerating the implementation. He added that with the IITA office in Sierra Leone and the innovations available, the Institute can support the government whenever needed.

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