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Liberia: Harvesting potential

 
Susana Edwards sows rice in her field in Pouh Town, Grand Gedeh county. With Oxfam’s support, she has increased her rice production through using irrigation and high-yielding rice seeds.
 

Funding target: £133,000

Year 2 of a 2 year project
Nine years of civil war have had a devastating effect on agricultural production in Liberia and the staple food, rice, is largely imported. But with your help, we can give communities the skills and tools to improve rice yields and feed their families.

About the project

Increase food supplies and incomes for vulnerable communities in Liberia through rice production

Oxfam has supported people's livelihoods in south-east Liberia since 2008. Breaking away from traditional farming on dry upland areas, we piloted rice farming in low-lying marshland in Grand Gedeh county in 2011, enabling farmers to double the number of annual harvests.

With your support we aim to:

  • Improve food supplies and increase rice and vegetable production for home consumption and sale, by establishing irrigation systems, and supporting farmers with training and improved seeds;
  • Boost farmers' incomes - particularly among women - by improving marketing opportunities and growers' business skills;
  • Ensure the sustainability of irrigation and rice-processing facilities by providing management and maintenance training.

Who will benefit

This year, 700 farmers, around half of them women, will benefit from farming and business training, increased access to cultivable, irrigated land, improved processing facilities and more profitable marketing opportunities. Indirectly, around 7,500 people in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties will enjoy greater supplies of reliable, good-quality rice at affordable prices. They will also be less vulnerable to food shortages and food price fluctuations.

How we are helping

Rebecca's story

 When I came home to work [after completing school] there was not much to do besides farming upland. And at the end of the farming season, I used to get nothing because animals would eat all the rice before I even started harvesting. Since being involved in this project over the past two years, I have started farming in the cleared marshlands, and this year I have enough rice to sell as well as eat. For the first time our town is going to have a rice mill. We, the women, will no longer have to pound the rice by hand, which is very hard work.

Agnes Wesseh lives with her husband and four children in Killipo Kanweaken village, River Gee.

Photo: Paul Gono/Oxfam

The budget

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If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.23MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping vulnerable communities in Liberia. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

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Individual donors:

Emma Learner - elearner1@oxfam.org.uk
01865 472108


Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - ksheaf@oxfam.org.uk 
01865 473578

Companies:

Peter William Hall - pehall@oxfam.org.uk
01865 473445


If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson - anelson1@oxfam.org.uk
0141 285 8863

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