The USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID FED) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia (GoL) will tomorrow, May 20, 2015 inaugurate the Liberia Business Incubator (LBI) Cassava Processing Facility in Lower Virginia, Montserrado County.
According to a release issued today from the USAID's Food and Enterprise Development (FED) in Liberia, the Speaker of the Liberian Parliament, J. Alex Tyler along with United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac are expected to attend this colorful occasion.
Cassava is Liberia’s second staple crop and one of the primary sources of income for rural farmers. Cassava plays a role in food security, especially since it can be harvested before the rice harvest and is often planted as a follow-on crop to rice. The total production in 2010 was estimated at 493,000 MT, most of which was consumed at the household level or traded locally at the surrounding community markets.
LBI is a fully incorporated Liberian owned and run agriculture holding firm created in 2010 to tackle food insecurity in Liberia. This centrally located cassava processing facility will provide farmers from surrounding counties with a critical outlet for locally grown cassava and the opportunity to achieve access to wider markets such as America for cassava production and export.