Honorable Marie Jallohwas the second woman in history to become a Member of Parliament for Bombali district, Sierra Leone. She entered politics after graduating with a Master's degree in communications and gender development from Njala University in the capital Freetown.She spent many years working for international aid organizations, including in Guinea, where she and her family fled during the war. She went into politics to see herpeople grow and change.

 

As part of her resilient contributions to children issues in the country, the Deputy Minister I of Agriculture, Hon. Marie Jalloh was on Monday 9th February 2015 received awards from the Sierra Leone Children Aid Foundation (SLCAF) as the best Minister and Mother of the year. The Foundation considered her contributions to children as a role model and therefore decided to decorate her with double awards.

 

Marie Jalloh, Member of Parliamentfor Bombali district Women also have to overcome political rules that often block them out. In Sierra Leone candidates standing for a political party must be a longstanding member and have contributed financially to the party, regularly attend meetings and pay local taxes, according to Koinadugu women's group chairwoman, Haja Bintu Mansaray. These criteria automatically bar most women from engaging, as they are too busy running the household to attend meetings, and their husband will pay taxes inhisown name,shesaid.

 

The Deputy Minister 1 of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security in Republic of Sierra Leone, Hon Marie Jalloh on Monday 12th August met with farmers, staff of the Ministry and stakeholders in the Agriculture sector in Magburaka town of Tonkolili District. The trip itself was to fulfill her oversight functions. She also visited and held fruitful meeting with officials of Magbass sugar cane Company, Mabai Dam rehabilitation, Kabol Junction and Makoni Line RPSDP Markets.

 

Hon. Marie Jalloh told her audience that agriculture takes up 10% of the Sierra Leone budget, assuring them that President Koroma has prioritised agriculture to be the engine for socio-economic development. She added that when agriculture is developed in any country, it drastically reduces poverty. She called on investors and donor partners to boost the agricultural sector in the country.

Hon. Jalloh disclosed that there are 193 Agricultural Business Centers (ABC’s) across the country and community market banks in much chiefdom under the Small Holders Commercialization program. 

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