ESLRF Lauded for Progress with Farmers

first_imgESLRF CEO Ms. Smith traditionally welcomes Dieng to the Orphan Grain Farm During his recent visit to Liberia, the Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the World Food Program (WFP), Abdou Dieng, praised the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation for its enormous work with farmers in the country, specifically Montserrado County.This was after Dieng had also lauded WFP-Liberia and some of its beneficiaries for the level of work done by the foundation and its partners.Mr. Dieng, chatting with several farmers during a show case visit of some WFP-sponsored projects at the Orphan Grain Farm in Lower Johnsonville in Montserrado County, said he is impressed with the level of commitment local farmers have invested to grow more food in the country.He made the statement when he climaxed his visit on Wednesday, April 19 with a tour of WFP and Government of Liberia-supported projects in Montserrado County.He arrived in Liberia to hold bilateral discussions with development partners, including representatives of the European Union, USAID, and the World Bank, officials of the Embassies of Sweden and Germany, among others.Ms. Smith, the Executive Director of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF), said the WFP executive’s visit to the country is a big boost, adding that it has reawakened Liberian farmers to redouble their efforts toward food production.She added that her foundation with support from WFP and other partners will continue to buttress the efforts of Liberians farmers.The foundation with support from WFP-Japanese grant pilot project is currently working with over 7,000 famers in Montserrado County, she said.She named food items such as rice, beans, and oil; and various tools including shovels and cutlasses as some of the materials her organization provided to the beneficiaries with support from WFP.She called on WFP and the Ministry of Agriculture to continuously empower farmers, if agriculture must enhance food security.Meanwhile, several farmers from the Orphan Grain Farm including other surrounding farm members within Montserrado County have hailed the WFP and the ESLRF for supporting them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Players not sabotaging my efforts – Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not believe his criticism of players is leading them to deliberately play badly © AFP / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players are giving their maximum effort despite repeated criticism by him of their performances.The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were underperforming because they did not like him would be “dishonest”. Mourinho has been withering in his assessment of United’s performances in their past two league matches, saying his players lacked “heart” after they were held 0-0 at home by Crystal Palace on November 24.He then suggested there were not enough “mad dogs” in his team following last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.None of United’s players spoke to the media after the match at St Mary’s Stadium.Yet there have been reports of dressing room disharmony, with Mourinho reportedly comparing France midfielder Paul Pogba to a “virus” in an angry rant at Southampton.Mourinho has declined to comment on the latest reports of a fall-out with Pogba, and would not even by drawn on whether he thought the midfielder had played poorly at Southampton.“Are you asking or saying? I am not going to analyse the performance individually,” he said.“The names I gave at Southampton were the names that I chose in a positive way who showed that desire, that fighting spirit, that anger, that pride.”– ‘Calling the player dishonest’ –Mourinho, though, would not accept his players were underperforming deliberately.“I am not agreeing with you or saying that some players don’t want to give the maximum,” he said.“I don’t share that view.”Speaking more generally, he suggested players are professional enough to continue to give their best even if they do not get on with the manager.“If you think a player only plays when, in your words, he is behind the manager, what I have to call these players -– or, in this case, what you are calling them –- is dishonest,” said Mourinho.“A football player is paid -– and very well paid -– to be a football professional.“What is that? It is to train every day to his limits, to play every game to his limits, is to behave socially according to the nature of his job, is to respect the millions of fans around the world and to respect the club.“One thing is to perform well and not so well, another thing is to be a football professional.“If you say that a player plays well or bad because of how good a manager is, you are calling the player dishonest.”He also criticised pundits such as former United star Rio Ferdinand who have suggested this season that there may be a player mutiny at Old Trafford.“When pundits, who were professional players, say that this player is not playing for the manager, did they do that when they were players? Were they dishonest players?” said Mourinho.“If they were, they shouldn’t be in front of a camera speaking to millions of people.“You analyse a player by asking: ‘Is he performing, yes or no?’ You shouldn’t go in that direction because you are calling the players dishonest.“Do you believe a player scores in his own goal and then runs and celebrates, saying: ‘I scored in my own goal because I don’t like the manager’? Do you believe in that? I don’t believe in that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more