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UNDP is building the capacity of locals in Bong County to operate tractors and rice mills, among other things, efficiently.

By: Naneka A. Hoffman 

Bong County, Liberia, July 10, 2024The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is embarking on five-day training for tractor and rice mill operators in Bong County.

The training is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church Compound in Totota, Bong County.

Speaking Monday, July 8, 2024, at the training center in Bong, UNDP monitoring and evaluation chief Yousouf Sanoe said the training is intended to build locals’ capacity to use these machines effectively.

Mr. Sanor explains that previous program beneficiaries did not perform to expectations, and their results were very disappointing.

He says that when this initial batch of trainees returned to their communities, they could not cooperate with residents.

He reveals that the program is big, and the Government of Liberia and UNDP are investing huge resources.

He says the program is not only limited to farming but also helps rural communities that intend to reduce poverty in the country.

Mr. Sanoe continues that the community chairman or leadership uses the tractors for other purposes, adding that he normally speaks to them via telephone when the machines are being used overnight to transport charcoal. 

He urges trainees to pay key attention to the skills being taught and focus, adding, “If the community leader chooses you to come and represent the community, you should give back to the community by training others.”

He notes that the problem in the community is the community committee, adding that he visited some communities, but no accounts were opened despite the level of investment UNDP made in the first round of training. 

Mr. Yousouf Sanoe also reveals that a trip is pending to do a governmental inspection of materials and investments given to communities benefiting from the training.

The UNDP is working with eight different communities in Bong County to break the cycle of poverty within rural areas. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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