BBC-WST Ends Dialogue with Partners in Kenema

The British Broadcasting Corporation World Service Trust (BBCWST) has ended a two day stakeholders planning conference for its partners of the Cocoa Value Chain Project at the National Pastoral Centre in Kenema city.
The project is a three years livelihood initiative implemented by BBCWST in the Eastern region between the periods 2012 to 2015. It is titled unlocking the potential of the Cocoa Value Chain through informal and formal pathways to learning.  Addressing participants the Country Director for the BBCWST in Sierra Leone George Fergusson said the Project is part of the BBCWST International Development Charity that is sponsored by the European Commission, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), GIZ, PAGE, ACDI/VOCA and implemented by the BBCWST using the media as key in the implementation of the project.
George Fergusson said the BBCWST agriculture project is using the media to increase the level of cocoa farmers through the use of radio drama, discussion programmes and focus group discussion among others to help them improve on the quality of their cocoa production.
He said the project is first in Africa and Sierra Leone in particular, and that it seeks to reduce poverty by transferring relevant information through community radio stations.  The Project Coordinator Joseph Kashero said the BBCWST agric project will contribute to livelihood and income generation in Sierra Leone through improvement in the quality and quantity of cocoa beans produced and exported from Sierra Leone.
Presentation was made by Mariama Khai Fornah the BBCWST mentor who dwelt on the effectiveness of community radio stations in the country, while Josephus Kargbo spoke on the research aspect of the project.
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Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. With a bachelor's degree in mass-media and communication, and a Master’s degree in development and peacebuilding, Sheriff is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. Sheriff is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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