Liberia

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:00

EU supported project in Liberia

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“Supporting the poor and food and nutrition insecure to react to crises and strengthen resilience in Liberia” is a project of BRAC International, funded by the EU, targeting vulnerable population groups farmers (atleast 65% women). This action in coordination with the Liberian government and other stakeholders will contribute towards ending hunger, food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (Sustainable Development Goal 2) by developing resilient agriculture, resilient markets and resilient people who are able to generate diverse livelihoods that provide stable incomes and adequate food and nutrition in the face of recurrent stresses and shocks. The project is active in both the crop and livestock farming sectors.

 

The project responds to the overall objective to:

‘Improve the food and nutrition security situation of vulnerable population groups’


The project responds to the specific objective to:

‘Enhance the capacities of vulnerable groups to improve their food crisis resilience and sustainably produce and access food’

 

Key activities

  • Implement a cash for work (CFW) programme for the 390 most vulnerable households
  • Train vulnerable households on livelihood and livestock rearing
  • Capacity building of smallholder farmers on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and comprehensive homestead development (CHD)
  • Smallholder farmers, with training and input support (including from existing BRAC Liberia seed farm, poultry farm and feed mill).
  • Strengthen seed farm, poultry farm and feed mill, and create linkages with producer groups
  • Community agriculture and livestock promoters, trained for technical support for farmers in the local area
  • Establish demonstration farm
  • Entrepreneurs and youth (especially female), with training and capital to develop new businesses to improve agricultural market capacity
  • Existing market actors, with training and linkages to farmers
  • Initiating mother forums for nutrition, education and mutual support
  • Communities, with resilience building training, radio programme to share and disseminate technical messages and information based on local issues among community members and organise nutrition awareness programmes
  • Community-based workshops for the government and other stakeholders for building capacity on resilience building and nutrition awareness
  • Know-how lesson sharing through workshops
  • Organise national agriculture fair

 

We will reach 38,255 people (7,501 households) who will benefit from increased income, and increased resilience and access to sufficient and nutritious food.

 

Target group

  • 390 most vulnerable group engaging in cash for work
  • 1,625 poor households will receive training on poultry and livestock rearing
  • Strengthen capacity of 5,200 smallholder farmers on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies
  • Strengthen 90 market actors and 260 community agriculture and livestock promoters
  • 26 entrepreneurs will be developed
  • 2,340 pregnant and lactating women from above household will be trained on improved nutrition in the household level
  • 20 Community-based organisation leaders will be trained
  • Capacity building of  50 government staff members

 

Under the EU project, Six counties are targeted: Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Bong.

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Saturday, 16 January 2016 18:00

Poultry and Livestock

Poultry and livestock plays an imperative role in poverty reduction, increasing income generation, improving food and nutrition security, improving livelihoods of the poorest households and promotion of gender equality in Liberia. BRAC started its poultry and livestock programme in Liberia in 2008 with the support of multi donors (Humanity United, FOSI and Omidyar Net work). The programme addresses the problem of poor livestock production and productivity through capacity development of famers, ensuring supply of essential inputs and creating market linkages in Liberia.

Our aim is to improve the efficiency and management of small to medium farm enterprises. The programme is designed to decrease livestock mortality, raise farm productivity and income and increase rural employment. It includes a wide variety of small-scale production systems in rural and peri-urban areas. The programme is currently being implemented in 20 branches across six counties which are Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Montserrado and Grand Bassa. The livestock and poultry programme carries out community activities through self-employed community livestock and poultry promoters (CLPPs). These promoters, who are primarily female, receive intensive training, microfinance loans and supplies which are used to inform and assist other farmers. The promoters benefit from increased yields on their own farms as well as new income from selling services and inputs like poultry vaccine, medicine and also benefit from sharing knowledge amongst other interested farmers. BRAC’s livestock programme has provided the Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccine using CLPPs to all the farmers rearing goats in Liberia in collaboration with the Government and DAI.

The poultry and livestock programme implemented through the Global Poverty Action Fund project funded by DFID to reduce hunger in rural areas of Liberia has reached its second year on March 2014. Backyard poultry rearers were developed through training and were provided with input support, which were used to setup small scale poultry farms in their homesteads. Under this project, village nutrition committees (VNC) were formed and are actively working at community levels to build awareness and disseminate information on how to improve families’ food intake and their children’ nutrition through organising nutrition campaign.

The European Union funded project which has the goal of increasing food security in poor rural areas in Liberia through livestock production, processing and marketing, is also in its second year of operation. The project trained and developed CLPPs, model poultry rearers and model cattle rearers who will demonstrate their practices to farmers and in the process disseminate improved farming technologies in the community. General farmers (poultry, pig sheep/goat and cattle) are supported under this project. Additionally the project has trained input service providers (agro-vets), government technical staff and traders and has established pig breeding and restocking farms to ensure quality piglets for poor farmers in Liberia. Participatory workshops have been held with traders, input suppliers, government staff and local representatives to inform project design and provide support to farmers. The National Livestock Policy of Liberia was also developed and submitted to the MOA of Liberia.

BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill Farm
As per the project plan and support from Chevron and EU, BRAC has set up a poultry hatchery and a feed mill in the county of Grand Bassa. Construction of two poultry sheds, a feed mill and a warehouse has been completed. For the poultry farm, 840 parent day-old-chicks (DOCs) were received from the Netherlands on March 2014 and production of eggs have started from August the same year. Small scale commercial feed production began on April 2014 and a commercial layer feed are being sold to model poultry farmers belonging to the EU project.

Current project

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives

Increasing food security in poor, rural areas in Liberia through livestock production, processing and marketing

December 2012 to December 2015

EU

Improve livestock production and increase income of project beneficiaries through their capacity building and support to farmers.

GPAF project (reducing hunger in the rural areas of Liberia)

April 2012 to March 2015

DFID

Train and equip poor landless women in food insecure rural areas of Liberia to establish kitchen gardens and small scale poultry farms in their homesteads and increase their families’ food intake and improve their children’s nutritional status and general health

BRAC-Chevron social enterprise development programme

April 2012 to March 2014

Chevron

Ensure quality feed and DOC to the farmers. Increased overall food supply via higher poultry rearing activities, especially in semi-urban and rural areas

Poultry farm and hatchery

On-going

Chevron and EU

Production of quality feed and DOC to the farmers

Saturday, 16 January 2016 18:00

Microfinance and small enterprise development

BRAC Liberia established its microfinance company in 2009 to provide micro-loans and small enterprise loans for the marginalised. The objectives of the programme are to increase access to microfinance services for the marginalised families, initiate sustainable micro-enterprises and strengthen the institutional structures for effective management of the microcredit systems. Microfinance services provides additional source of employment for the rural poor, with a significant impact on the borrowers family income. The SEP programme also strengthens institutional business capacity. BRAC Liberia Microfinance Company Limited helps the government of Liberia to achieve its goal of developing a well-founded and effective microfinance sector.

The main impact of the microfinance services is that they provide additional sources of employment for the rural poor, which has a significant impact on the borrowers’ family income. The service plays an active role in developing the capacity of the local employees as well as borrowers and practitioners.

Current project

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives

 

Microfinance

2009 onwards

BRAC

Providing marginalised entrepreneurs with the opportunities to start their own businesses, BRAC Microfinance Company supports employment creation and enables people to enhance their livelihoods and increase their incomes.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 18:00

Health

BRAC Liberia began its community health programme in 2008. Our health programme focuses on the prevention and control of malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS, reproductive and maternal health of women and adolescents, the reduction of infant and under-five mortality, and increasing accessibility to health services by taking healthcare to the doorsteps of the people in the communities.

BRAC identifies and trains potential women from the communities to become community health promoters (CHP) and employs women as programme assistants to supervise them. Our CHPs reach out to community members in both accessible and inaccessible areas. BRAC Liberia has continued to address the lack of access to primary healthcare services across seven counties. These promoters conduct daily household visits and are the central point of contact for health concerns in their communities. CHPs earn a small income from selling healthcare products such as oral rehydration solution, sanitary napkins, hygienic soap, water purification tablets, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and some over-the-counter drugs, such as paracetamol, antihistamines and antacids.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:00

Agriculture and Food Security

The Agriculture programme is the largest sector of the Liberian economy, making up over half of all economic activities and is the most important source of income for women. BRAC’s agriculture programme launched in 2008 with support from multi donors ( Humanity United, FOSI, Omidyar Network ), which covers 20 branches across six counties which are Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Montserrado and Grand Bassa. BRAC’s agriculture programme addresses the sector problem of poor crop productivity in Liberia. Our aim is to improve the efficiency and management of small to medium farm enterprises. The programme is designed to increase agricultural output, raise farm income and increase rural employment.

BRAC engages and empowers mostly female agriculture farmers by increasing crop production and profitability of agricultural ventures. The agriculture programme operates through community agriculture promoters (CAPs) who have prior farming experience. They are selected directly from our microfinance groups and non-group members. These promoters receives a package consisting of intensive training on crop production practices, microfinance loans and supplies which they utilise to inform and assist other farmers, enabling them to substantially improve crop harvests. These promoters benefit from increased yields on their individual farms as well as gain from an additional income of selling services and inputs, such as high quality seeds, to their farming neighbours.

In 2010, BRAC began its seed testing and multiplication farm in Kingsville, producing high quality rice and maize seeds to help improve agriculture yields in Liberia. BRAC in cooperation with Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) is testing high beta-carotene content precursor of vitamin A- enriched cassava which has been demonstrated to the local community after multiplication. Yellow cassava can be harvested earlier than local cassava and has potential to add value to the existing value chain for improving food security, nutrition and income of small holder farmers. Iron toxicity in soil has been known as a major problem for rice production in swampy lands in Liberia due to which BRAC has been conducting a variety screening which will provide them with the best suited iron toxicity tolerant rice variety in collaboration with AfricaRice and CARI.

BRAC has been executing the Global Poverty Action fund (GPAF) project supported by DFID since 2012 to reduce hunger in rural areas of Liberia through Agriculture and livestock activities. The target beneficiaries of this project are poor, rural, landless women and their families; especially focusing on those who have been affected by war, widowed, HIV/AIDS infected women and those women who are looking after orphaned children. Under the GPAF agriculture programme, BRAC has trained and developed CAPs who are currently acting as extension agents. These CAPs are involved in delivering, multiplication and distribution of seeds, fertilisers and agro tools while providing technical support to general farmers in their community. Poor rural women have been trained on kitchen gardening and are supported with seeds, fertilizers and tools as per target. They are playing an important role in disseminating modern technology to other farmers through demonstration farms in the community. The project has also created a village nutrition committee which includes nutrition campaigns organised quarterly for each branch.

 At a glance

Number of people reached with A&L programme

Number of general farmers (agriculture and livestock) trained

Community service provider

Donor-programme/projects


131,203


25726


957

1) EU- Supporting the poor and food and nutrition insecure to react to crises and strengthen resilience in Liberia (On-going)October 2017- onwards. Learn more about this project.

 

2) Multi-donor and BRAC -BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill (On-going)

 

3) Multi-donor and BRAC- BRAC Seed Research and Multiplication Farm (On-going)

 

4) Google-Building Resilience against Ebola in Liberia (Phased out)

 

5) EU- Increasing food security in poor, rural areas in Liberia through livestock production, processing and marketing (Phased out)

 

6) GPAF Project: ‘Reducing hunger in the rural areas of Liberia (Phased out)