Liberia: Harvesting for the future

Would you like to feed hungry families in Liberia?

 
 

Help feed hungry families in Liberia

Basic training in effective new farming methods, a field-full of ultra-productive rice seeds and a reliable water supply, could be all it takes to help families to grow more food and earn a decent living.

Your donation can do something brilliant

It will go towards funding innovative schemes such as opening up new areas to farmers like Martha Quiah. It means she can grow more rice for food and to sell so she can afford things like soap, fuel and other essentials for the family home in Tojellah Town, Grand Gedeh.

"Farming in marshland is better than farming on the drier uplands as we did traditionally. Upland, animals eat your rice and the sun dries out the crops, so you get nothing. The marshland farm is everything to me. I am so happy about Oxfam developing this project here; finally we can grow the rice we need."

What your money can buy

£20 is enough to clear an acre of land for lowland farming and irrigation

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Martha Jokoka, a 50 year old farmer in Tuzon, Liberia who is a beneficiary of Oxfam's seeds and tools distribution.

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A bit of background

Liberia is one of the world's poorest countries, and ten years after a devastating civil war, its agriculture is still in ruins. The country is unable to produce enough rice (its staple crop) to feed everybody, and thousands of families often go hungry.

Even farming communities in the most fertile areas are suffering because roads, fields and agricultural equipment have been destroyed or have fallen into disrepair.

How we're helping

With your support, we're helping more farmers - particularly women - in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties to break with tradition and farm the marshy lowlands. Thanks to high-yielding rice seeds, a new irrigation scheme and learning new skills, local farmers can harvest twice a year. Add to this new marketing opportunities, some business training and the introduction of processing facilities, and growers' incomes are beginning to rise.

Not only are hundreds of farmers doing better, but thousands of other people in Grand Gedeh and River Gee have a more reliable source of affordable food, and benefit from having a lot of local infrastructure repaired.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Agnes Wesseh lives with her husband and four children in Killipo Kanweaken village, River Gee. And she's experiencing first hand the benefits of this new approach to rice farming, and how it's creating a better life for her and her family.

 Since being involved in this project, I have started farming in the cleared marshlands. This season I have enough rice to eat as well as sell, and we are now planting for the second time this year. It's really helping people in this area. Getting food is easier. And for the first time our town is going to have rice mill, so we, the women, will no longer have to pound the rice by hand, which is very hard work. Also I can now buy clothes for me and my children without depending on a man for money. Imagine! I want to say thanks to the people who are helping Oxfam make this possible. We will continue to hold the project with our two hands until we can stand on our own.