The World Bank has provided a grant of US$54 million to enable the Ministry of Agriculture work to reduce rural poverty and household food insecurity in the country, an official of the ministry has disclosed.
The Senior Agronomist at the Smallholder Agriculture Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) Project at the Ministry, Emmanuel G. Wah, also disclosed that the African Development Fund has provided a loan of US$6.4 million to finance civil works relating to feeder roads.
The Liberian Government is contributing US$1.5 million to finance cost associated with office accommodation and taxes on contracts, among others, Wah said.
He made the disclosure Monday at the Ministry’s Program Management Unit (PMU) at the start of a weeklong workshop to educate staff of the Project about the structure and functions of the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to Wah, the project has contracted 12 focal persons, 41 extension technicians and 12 drivers to implement it.
He said the project is intended to increase on a sustainable basis, the income of smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs, particularly women, youth and the physically challenged.
According to him, the project is to be implemented in 12 of the 15 counties, including Maryland, River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Grand Cape and Gbarpolu counties.
It is designed to transform Liberia’s agriculture sector by moving 25,000 food insecure and low-income faming households to commercially-oriented agriculture to foster economic growth.
Wah said this will be accomplished through four components – Sustainable Crop Production Intensification, Value Addition and Marketing, Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening as well as Project Management.