Ministry of Agriculture (Liberia)
The Ministry of Agriculture was established by an Act of the Liberia Legislature on May 11, 1972. The 1972 Act repealed the 1964 law which created by the then Department of Agriculture (DOA) and assigned specific responsibilities to develop the Liberian agricultural sector.
The mandate to develop the agriculture sector calls for putting in place an effective organizational structure and manned by staff capable of planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating agricultural development programs. It also ensures that its staff and the farmers are trained to cope with the challenges of developing the agriculture sector.
In addition, MOA ensures that agricultural challenges that impede production are investigated and lasting solutions found, and the farmers are provided with the supportive services and the enabling environment to produce.
The core general areas of responsibility of MOA will likely continue to consist of: agriculture, both smallholder and commercial; plantation crops; fisheries; and livestock.
The Ministry’s major activities are coordinated through the following four (4) departments; Administration, Planning and Development, Regional Development and Extension and Technical Services, each having units and divisions.
A Self-sufficient, Self-reliant and Sustainable Agricultural Sector by the year 2020.
They believe that a sustainable and decentralized agricultural system is key to poverty reduction. Their mission is to create an enabling environment for a more dynamic and vibrant agricultural sector to ensure sustainable food security and employment opportunities for all Liberians.
Excellence and professionalism: They shall strive to achieve the highest standards in service delivery and shall actively explore opportunities to improve on those standards. They shall also ensure that performance management, as a service delivery culture, will be integrated into all their operations.
Commitment: They commit themselves to be an effective agent of agricultural transformation and, therefore, will embrace a culture of customer service. The farmer, service providers and all their stakeholders will be central to their operations
Diligence and Courtesy: They shall be at their places of work during official hours of duty and shall diligently devote themselves wholly to their work. They shall treat all their valued clients and colleagues with courtesy.
Integrity: They shall uphold high moral integrity in the provision of their services. To this effect, they shall refrain from seeking, offering or accepting favors or inducements, financial or otherwise, in the course of discharging their duties. They shall not use public property or official time to fulfill private needs; and they shall not use information acquired in the course of official duties to gain personal advantage.
Gender Equity: Taking cognizance of the key role of women in production and marketing of agricultural products, they shall endeavor to promote gender sensitive practices and culture within their staff and the wider agricultural stakeholders.
Partnership-Building: They will promote and embrace partnerships and participatory processes in policy formulation and implementation of their activities. Active participation of their stakeholders, especially the private sector and grassroots communities, will enhance ownership of programs and projects.
Accountability and Transparency: They shall be accountable and transparent to the Government and to the people they serve.
Efficiency and Responsiveness: They will serve their clientele in an efficient manner, ensuring that all requests are dealt with as promptly as possible.See more