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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

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