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.