Agric Power Africa–Liberia, a non-governmental organization is expected to launch a 5-year project today in Gbarnga, Bong County, that is aimed at transforming the agricultural landscape of Liberia.
The Country Director of Agric Power Africa-Liberia, Watchen Harris Bruce, told newsmen over the weekend in Monrovia that Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor will serve as the chief launcher.
Madam Bruce said counties’ superintendents, members of the legislature, private sector actors as well as smallholder farmers will be in attendance.
She said the program will support smallholder farmers to increase their yield and improve agribusinesses in Liberia, to attract both domestic and export markets in the rice, cassava, vegetables, aquaculture and livestock value chains.
According to her, the project will target seven counties in the five years of its operations, which will include Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and Nimba. “It will however be piloted in Bong Mines, in Fuamah District, and later extended to other parts of the targeted counties,” she said.
She stated that the project will establish warehouses and factories to add value to food that would be produced for local and international export markets.
“This is meant to transform Liberia by creating wealth through agriculture, mobilizing smallholder farmers to go beyond subsistence farming, and to make the country self-sufficient in agricultural production,” she added.
“The strategy is expected to eventually help Liberia to reduce its dependency on food importation. We are working to secure at least 5,000 hectares in Bong County, where the initial operation will commence,” she added.
She expressed optimism that the program will greatly enhance food security in Liberia, adding: “It is designed to galvanize African men and women to use agriculture to create jobs, wealth, alleviate poverty and enhance food security within countries in Africa. This program is the only model that will bring Africans together both at home and the diaspora, to transform the agriculture landscape of the continent using innovation methods to increase farmers’ yields and create market access,” she concluded.